The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has the pleasure of honoring those who have dedicated their lives to the care and service of others. The Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame began two years ago when its inductees were honored at NAHC’s largest meeting of the year. This is also NAHC’s second year honoring a Nurse of the Year, the winner of a national vote on nurses from every state.
NAHC’s Nurse of the Year, along with its new Hall of Famers, will be at the 2013 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition to be held in Washington, DC, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Thursday, October 31 to Sunday, November 3. Attendees will have a chance to meet them and get the tools they need to compete and make their agencies the most successful they can be.
They will also get role models as they learn more about this year’s honorees. The 2013 Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame inductees are Judith Bellome, Lawrence, KS; Honorable Max Cleland, Arlington, VA; Cathy Frasca, Sewickey, PA; Lori and Paul Hogan, Omaha, NE; Carol Raphael, New York, NY; and, Christopher Reeve, who was a super hero for the paralyzed and mobility impaired. The 2013 NAHC Nurse of the Year award will be presented on Thursday, October 31 at the 3:30 p.m. General Session to Dea Kuiper from VNA Homecare in Syracuse, New York.
“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 NAHC President Val J. 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 reserved for all Americans in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This includes the right to receive care in their homes and to die there with dignity.”
Some of the past winners of the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame are: 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-NC), Hon. Rosalynn Carter, Dame Cicely Saunders, and Mike Vance. NAHC members are encouraged to send in their nominations for 2014 Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame nominees to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmed speakers include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for Friday, November 1, 2013. "We are thrilled to have both Senators Reid and McConnell join us in Washington, DC for our annual meeting," said Halamandaris. “We are also pleased to have Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) join us on Sunday morning, November 3.”
Other speakers include Tom Rath, bestselling author who will discuss his thought-provoking book “Eat Move Sleep;” and Chip R. Bell, acclaimed author and customer loyalty expert; along with additional keynote speakers who will be finalized soon.