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The program was great! It came at a time when I was at my all-time lowest. The combination of the sessions with your counselors and the service to help my aunt was a tremendous help. They gave me what I needed at the right time. Words cannot explain how valuable United HomeCare was to me.
Dulce A., Caregiver on the impact of Community Reach II


South Florida Champions for the Elderly and Disabled Honored at United HomeCare's 2012 Claude Pepper Memorial Awards

June 20, 2012

United HomeCare (UHC), one of the largest home health agencies in South Florida, recently hosted the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards event at Jungle Island in Miami. The event honored nine South Florida champions who, like the Honorable Claude Pepper, have made a significant contribution to meeting the needs of the growing elderly and disabled population in Miami-Dade County.

“Claude Pepper stood for determination, compassion, courage and pioneering endeavors, especially in his work to enhance the quality of life for the elderly and disabled in America,” said José R. Fox, president and chief executive officer of UHC. “Through the Claude Pepper Memorial Awards, United HomeCare pays tribute to one of Florida’s finest citizens and public servants by celebrating the extraordinary and wide ranging achievements of this year’s honorees who exemplify the spirit and ideals of the award’s namesake.”

Honorees included:

·         Community Builder/Contributor Award:        

     Nelson L. Adams III, MD, Metro-Miami Ob/Gyn Associates

·         Corporate Service Award:                           

     Antonio L. Argiz, Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra

·         Corporate Service – Healthcare Award:        

     Marc Buoniconti, Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

·         Public Service Award:

     Honorable Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Mayor

·         Claude D. Pepper National Merit Award:

     Val J. Halamandaris, National Assoc. for Homecare & Hospice

·         Thelma Gibson Community Service Award:

     Virginia Jacko, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

·         Public Awareness/Media Award:

     Michael Lewis, Miami Today

·         Education/Advocacy Award:

     Richard C. Milstein, Akerman Senterfitt

·         Active Living Award:

     Luis Camps


More than 400 supporters attended the 2012 Claude Pepper Memorial Awards, helping raise more than $215,000 to aid United HomeCare’s efforts to fulfill the unmet needs of those in Miami-Dade County and lead the enhancement of integrated care in the comfort of home settings.
“Claude Pepper understood that health care in the home and community was indispensible to the well-being of older Americans and worked tirelessly towards improvements in these and other services until his death in 1989,” added Fox. “United HomeCare is proud to carry on that mission today.”