The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has named William A. Dombi as its interim president while the organization seeks a permanent appointment.
The executive committee of the board of directors of NAHC voted on August 3 to appoint Dombi as interim president, following the passing of the organization’s longtime president Val. J. Halamandaris, according to a press release from NAHC.
“Bill Dombi has been at the center of every fight for home care and hospice in the last 30 years,” Denise Schrader, chair of NAHC’s board of directors, said in a statement. “Nobody knows more about this industry than Bill does and nobody is more trusted by those of us in the industry. Bill’s knowledge of law and policy, as well as his experience and familiarity with the NAHC staff and members, make him the right person for the job now.”
Dombi has been NAHC’s vice president for law since 1987. He is also director of the Center for Health Care Law, a nonprofit, public interest law firm established by NAHC, and executive director of the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association, a professional organization for individuals who work for consulting, planning, management, financial or CPA firms who are employed by home care agencies. Additionally, he is a member of the advisory board of Bloomberg BNA’s Medicare Report.
With over three decades of experience in health care policy and law, Dombi has been involved in virtually all developments of regulations and laws in home care, hospice, Medicare and Medicaid.
NAHC’s executive committee of the board of directors is seeking a search firm with experience in executive recruitment to aid in finding a permanent president for the organization. A full meeting of the board of directors will take place, via conference call, within the next few weeks, the press release states.
Meanwhile, NAHC is planning a memorial celebration of former president Val Halamandaris at the Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo from October 15-17 in Long Beach, California. He will also be honored with the Pope Francis Award for Charity and Leadership in October, in recognition of his work in support of the rights of the elderly and disabled.
NAHC has created a memorial website for Halamandaris, valjhalamandaris.nahc.org, where visitors can read and share stories about the longtime president.
Written by Elizabeth Jakaitis