NAHC Honors Eight Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame Inductees

From the NAHC Report Article


Nurse of the Year Becky Williams Also to Be Honored

National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will honor eight home care and hospice providers during its largest meeting of the year, and for the first time bestow the Nurse of the Year Award, determined through a national voting process.

The honorees will be acknowledged during the NAHC’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The conference will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, October 21–25, 2012. Come visit the Thornberry team at the NDoc Software booth #329.

The 2012 Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame inductees are: Mary Labyak, Clearwater, FL; Ruth Castellano, Chesterfield, MO; Mark Baiada, Moorestown, NJ; Honorable Dirk Kempthorne, Washington, DC; Katheen Dodd, Overland Park, KS; Jeannee Parker Martin, San Francisco, CA; Honorable Tarky Lombardi, Syracuse, NY; and, Rod Windley, Atlanta, GA.

The 2012 NAHC Nurse of the Year is Becky Williams, Alacare Home Health & Hospice, Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

“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 Val J. Halamandaris. “We want to thank these recipients for their tireless dedication and devotion.”

The annual meeting gathers together home health, hospice and private duty agencies, nurses, therapists and physicians from around the country to participate in over 100 educational sessions of the most comprehensive, timely, quality programs designed especially for the home care and hospice industry.

The theme for 2012 is “Technology the Great Equalizer” which will focus on how technology is transforming the home health industry and the opportunities it has to reshape the health care system. Agencies that attend the annual meeting also are given the tools they need to meet rising demands of competition to make their businesses the most successful they can be.

“The care of the disabled and elderly may well be the defining issue for America in the early years of this 21st century,” said Val J. Halamandaris, president of NAHC. “Home care is the most non-partisan issue that will be faced in the coming years and one which will have the most immediate impact on the future of America.”

Halamandaris also announced that Maine Sen. Susan Collins has been confirmed as the keynote speaker to open the meeting on Tuesday morning. “Senator Collins is quite simply the best there is; no one has done more for home care and hospice than the Senator,” said Halamandaris.

Other speakers include Tom Daschle, Former Senate Majority Leader and Co-Chair of the Caring Institute; Mel Levine, Former Member of Congress and Chairman of the Board, Caring Institute; Donna Shalala, AB, PhD, Professor of Political Science and President of the University of Miami and Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; Dr. Lance Secretan, PhD, Acclaimed Author and Editor, Former Corporate CEO, Management Expert and Humanitarian; Paul Kusserow, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer at Humana; and Dr. David Katz, MD, PPH, FACPM, FACP, Medical Contributor for U.S. News & World Report and ABC News Medical Consultant.