Halamandaris to be honored with Lifetime Leadership Award by the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina
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Barbara D. Woolley
Washington, D.C. (April 30, 2012) Val Halamandaris will be honored with a Lifetime Leadership award from the Association for Home & Hospice Care (AHHC) of North Carolina at its 40th Annual Convention on Monday, April 30, 2012.
This award highlights those who have dedicated their lives to serving others. For over 40 years, Halamandaris has been a leading voice advocating in Washington, DC on behalf of seniors, home care and hospice. Working with home health advocates since the beginning of his career, Halamandaris served as associate counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging for nine years before becoming director of oversight and senior counsel for the House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging. In this position, he worked to preserve and extend Social Security, established a program to help stop abuses in the sale of health insurance in supplementation to Medicare, and removed impediments restricting use of the Medicare and Medicaid home care benefit.
Halamandaris was the founding CEO of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice in 1982 with the mission of bringing health care back home where it belongs. NAHC is in its 30 th year and is the largest and most respected professional association representing the interests of Americans who need home care (including acute, long-term, and terminal care) and the caregivers that provide them with in-home health and supportive services. In 1982, there were 3,000 home care agencies and now there are 33,000; about 1.3 million patients received home care services and today home care serves over 12 million patients; and the home care industry employed 100,000 people then and today the number exceeds one million.
He has received the Claude Pepper Award from the National Council on Aging at the 2011 Aging in America Conference; was named one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in Healthcare’ by ModernHealthcare.com; and was a featured speaker at the White House Conference on Aging. In 1990, Halamandaris was honored by the Creative Thinking Association of America as one of the people, along with Steve Jobs, who would have the greatest impact on the 21 st Century. In addition to his efforts with NAHC, he has launched 17 organizations in support of seniors, including recent additions of the Home Health Nurses Association, Home Care Technology Association of America, Private Duty Homecare Association of America and the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association.
I am honored and humbled to receive this award. There is no more important work than the work done daily to ensure that the sickest of Americans are able to be cared for in the comfort of their home, said Halamandaris.
We are thrilled to be honoring such a pioneer in the home health industry, one that has put home care and hospice on the map nationally and kept us in the game for the past 30 years, said Tim Rogers, CEO of the AHHA.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nations 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org.