I would like to take this opportunity to say that I am proud to have just accepted a position as President and CEO of Health Care Chaplaincy. In my new role with this non-profit organization I am looking to help the organization move forward in their mission to integrate spirituality into today’s health care system. In my new role I will be succeeding Reverend Dr. Walter J. Smith, SJ, who proudly served in this position for the past 22 years. As I look toward the future of this organization, I hope to continue the traditions that Father Smith has institutionalized while moving forward with our goals as we continue to focus on research, education and clinical practice within the specialty of palliative care.


Many of you are not aware that I am a Presbyterian minister serving in Eastchester Presbyterian Church in Eastchester, NY.  Going to the web site for HealthCare Chaplaincy and seeing me in a clerical collar could be a shock...LOL.  I have been in ministry for over 15 years.  This opportunity honors my ministry and innvites me to bring my business experience to bear.


In this new position I am not only looking to bring innovation to the organization, but to draw upon my past experience as the CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. The AFA was able to help thousands deal with this devastating illness, and in my new role with Health Care Chaplaincy I know that our team can touch just as many lives. I am humbly honored to accept this new leadership position and to work together with the staff, the board of directors, and all supporters and allies of this organization to bring new plans and new initiatives to life and to continue to provide spiritual care and healing to those who need it most.


While I am looking to bring some new experiences and ideas to the table in this role, the focus of this organization will continue to be on providing assistance to those that are dealing with grief, illness and trauma and to provide spiritually centered palliative care and support to those who need it most.


Eric J. Hall Announces Acquisition of Majority Stake in Alzheimer’s Care Specialists, LLC and Position as Firm’s Managing Partner

Summary: Former founding CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and long-time Alzheimer’s advocate, Eric J. Hall announced that he has acquired a majority stake in Alzheimer’s Care Specialists, LLC and now holds a position as Managing Partner of the firm.

(May 21st, 2013)—This week, former founding CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Eric J. Hall, revealed he has acquired a majority stake in Alzheimer’s Care Specialists, LLC and will be serving as Managing Partner of the firm. The long-time Alzheimer’s advocate made the public statement this week while announcing his plan to take Alzheimer’s Care Specialists, LLC and make it a haven for quality care and a model for other care-service based agencies in the market.

After stepping down as CEO for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in February, Hall has been embarking on an effort to provide new commentary and insight on Alzheimer’s disease and to help bring a stronger awareness to this devastating illness worldwide. According to a statement from Hall, this position with Alzheimer’s Care Specialists (ACS) is the next step forward in his quest to help shed light on Alzheimer’s care and research but mostly reflects his desire to get into the trenches and provide the best of care to individuals with AD.  Hall commented, “It has been a real desire for me to do more than talk about care.  I want to continue to contribute to the creation of a model of specialized care for the Alzheimer’s population.”

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In new reports that look at Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, numbers indicate that this disease primarily impacts women. This is no groundbreaking revelation. However by looking at the way in which Alzheimer’s disease disproportionately impacts women, many believe that this devastating condition may just be the next ‘pink ribbon’ disease in the US.


Nearly two-thirds of Americans who have Alzheimer’s disease are women. Right now, breast cancer is one of the most highly publicized life threatening diseases to impact women. Numerous campaigns are in place for the public to wear pink ribbons and to raise the awareness about this truly difficult disease. These ‘pink ribbon’ campaigns have helped tremendously in terms of raising support and awareness for breast cancer. Now, due to the overwhelming prominence of Alzheimer’s disease in women, AD could be following in the footsteps of breast cancer as the next ‘pink ribbon’ illness.


Not only does Alzheimer’s disease directly impact more women than men, but according to the National Institute on Aging, it also indirectly impacts just as many women as well. Many women end up becoming the primary caregivers of their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.  While the average woman spends about 17 years raising a child, she will spend about 18 caring for parents. This makes Alzheimer’s disease an all around serious issue for women of all types.


There are a few different explanations behind the overwhelming number of women who get Alzheimer’s disease, although a specific reason has yet to be discovered. Some medical institutions believe it is because women tend to live longer than men. Others suggest it has to do with lower education levels in women. Whatever the exact reason may be, Alzheimer’s is adversely impacting women in the United States and many supporters of this illness are looking for ways to start gathering more public interest for this condition.


By the year 2025, the number of people 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease will increase by 40%, a great deal of these numbers have to do with the baby boomer generation reaching retirement age. As these numbers continue to grow it seems as though many supporters of the illness are looking for a ‘pink ribbon’ type awareness campaign that will finally let the public know just how susceptible women today are to this devastating, life altering disease.

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