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NHIA Board of Directors Selects Russell Bodoff as Executive Director Effective February 1

(Updated January 18, 2007)

The National Home Infusion Association Board of Directors is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Russell Bodoff as its new Executive Director, effective February 1, 2007.

In September 2006, long-time Executive Director Lorrie Kline Kaplan announced her decision to step down following the NHIA 16th Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia, February 26-March 1.  A Search Committee, chaired by Past President Len Holman of Option Care of Northeast Ohio, managed the search process, working with Association Strategies, Inc., (www.assnstrategies.com) an Alexandria, Virginia-based executive search consulting practice.  Bodoff’s decision to join the organization in its top staff position beginning in February provides an important transition period for the organization and ensures his ability to participate in the Annual Conference. 

Bodoff has nearly 25 years of experience in all aspects of association management, business development, and advocacy—and a long track record of success and achievement in areas that will be tremendous assets in continuing to advance the interests of the NHIA community.

He joins NHIA from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) which he joined in 2002 as Vice President of Technology & Business Development. In 2003, he helped launch AAHSA’s Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST). As Executive Director of CAST, he developed the world’s largest consortium dealing with technology and the delivery of health care for the aging. He successfully led a 2006 effort to have federal legislation introduced to establish the first major congressional initiative looking at the impact of technology on health care for the aging.  Under his leadership, CAST also developed the most successful technology event ever held at a White House Conference on Aging, and created an acclaimed video on the future of technology and health care, attracting significant media attention to this important issue.

Prior to AAHSA, Bodoff was briefly Executive Vice President of CLICKIQ.com, an Internet marketing services company, where we has responsible for business development, sales and marketing, and partner relationships. At the National Council of Better Business Bureaus from 1993-2000, he led initiatives to increase membership and enhance the Council’s visibility, including BBBOnLine, a consumer protection and Internet privacy trustmark with over 35,000 businesses participating.

His early career also prepares him for his new role at NHIA. At the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) from 1981-1993, he advanced to Vice President of External Relations, directing membership, business development, public relations, and marketing. Bodoff has a BS in Communications from Temple University and an MA in Education from New York University.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to officially welcome Russ to NHIA and our home infusion community,” said Chris Maksym, Pharm.D., President of the NHIA Board of Directors. “Russ’s knowledge, experience and record of success in working with associations, volunteers, and stakeholders will enable him to perpetuate the leadership success we have been fortunate to experience so far with NHIA. The association will be in good hands and will continue to move forward and effectively represent the interests of the home infusion industry and its members during a time of challenge and opportunity.”

“For the past four years I have worked with major health care providers, companies, and research universities to help the Administration, members of Congress, and the media to recognize and develop new solutions to deal with our country’s pending health care crisis,” said Russ Bodoff. “Over 16 percent of our gross domestic product currently goes to health care. This percentage is projected to double over the next 20 years—which equates to economic disaster. I have been a strong advocate of moving more health care into a home base setting. It is an honor to have been chosen as the new NHIA Executive Director as home-based infusion therapy is a critical component to the future of how quality consumer-friendly care is delivered.”

“I have been deeply touched by the outpouring of support and friendship from NHIA members since I announced my decision to leave the association,” said current NHIA Executive Director Lorrie Kline Kaplan. “I am proud of what we accomplished over the past 15 years, and it was extremely important to me that we find the right person to assume the NHIA leadership. Russ’s decision to take the helm is exciting for the infusion community. He brings great strengths and experience to NHIA that will help the organization continue to grow stronger. I look forward to assisting him in assuming his new responsibilities as Executive Director.”

NHIA members and others will have the opportunity to meet Russ, and give their regards to Lorrie, at the NHIA 16th Annual Conference, the world’s premiere educational, networking, and trade exposition on infusion products and services. For more information about the NHIA Annual Conference, visit www.nhia.org.

The National Home Infusion Association, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is a trade association that represents and advances the interests of organizations and individuals that provide infusion and specialized pharmacy products and services to the entire spectrum of home-based patients. NHIA's mission is to support its members in providing cost-effective, quality, alternate site infusion products and services through education, information, networking, and advocacy.  For more information about NHIA, call 703-549-3740 or visit the association at www.nhia.org.