National Association for Home Care & Hospice Annual Meeting Highlights Industry With Annual Awards
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Barbara D. Woolley
WASHINGTON D.C. (October 21, 2014) The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) believes in honoring those who have devoted their lives to the care and service of others. Some of them include the members of the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame, whose first inductees were honored three years ago at NAHCs largest meeting of the year. This was also NAHCs third time honoring a Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year, winner of a national vote on nurses from all 50 states.
NAHCs Nurse of the Year, along with its new Hall of Fame inductees, were announced at the 2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition held in Phoenix, AZ, at the Phoenix Convention Center, on October 19-22, 2014. Attendees had a chance to meet these industry stars and get the tools they need to help their agencies reach the greatest heights.
This year, NAHC honored five distinguished inductees into the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame:
- Ann Armstrong Dailey, Founding Director, Childrens Hospice International, Alexandria, VA
- Rosemary Johnson Hurzeler, President and CEO, The Connecticut Hospice, Branford, CT
- Sister Mary Giovanni, President and CEO, Angela Hospice and Home Care, Inc., Livonia, MI
- Susan Levine, Executive Director, Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ
- Ron Wyden, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Portland, OR
The 2014 Home Care and Hospice Nurse of the Year award was presented to Mary Pistulka, CHPH, Avera@Home, Yankton, South Dakota by Denise Schrader, Chairman, Home Healthcare Nurses Association, Andrea L. Devoti, Chairman, NAHC Board of Directors, and NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. Ms. Pistulka received her award on Monday, October 20, at the General Session in the Phoenix Convention Center.
A nation is what it honors, and it is time we celebrated the silent band of heroes who give their all to care for America’s sick and dying as if they were extended family, said Halamandaris. These honorees have distinguished themselves by fighting on behalf of the aged, ill, and disabled. They have strived to ensure that every person, no matter their age, income, or health, has the right to enjoy the freedoms guaranteed all Americans in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This includes the right to receive care at home and to die there with dignity.
Past inductees into the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame include a number of famous names: Mother Teresa, President William J. Clinton, Sen. Frank E. Moss (D-UT), Sen. Claude Pepper (D-FL), Lillian D. Wald, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Sen. Robert J. Dole (R-KS), Hon. Rosalynn Carter, Dame Cicely Saunders, and Mike Vance. NAHC members are encouraged to send in their nominations for 2015 Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame nominees to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of well known names, there were several of them at this years annual meeting, including Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rob Portman (R-OH). We were thrilled to have Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden join us on Sunday, October 19, in Phoenix, said Halamandaris, and have Senator Rob Portman join us on Tuesday morning, October 21. Halamandaris was also pleased to host other speakers for the meeting: former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, award-winning financial advisor Ric Edelman, and former President of Trader Joes Company Doug Rauch. On Wednesday, October 22, Dr. Adam Darkins, Senior Director, Enterprise Technology Solutions, Medtronic, Inc. will also address NAHC members.
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.