April 24, 2018
Home Health Foundation Names Karen Gomes President & CEO

Karen Gomes
June 10, 2017 — Home Health Foundation, based in Lawrence, which operates three nonprofits that provide health and hospice care—Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice, and HomeCare, Inc.—recently announced that Karen Gomes has been named president and chief executive officer.

Gomes, a registered nurse, succeeds John Albert who retired after seven years as CEO and more than 20 years as a member of the board of trustees.

“I am honored to be selected by the board of trustees to continue to advance home health and hospice services to benefit patients and families in this region,” said Gomes. "I look forward to working with the board of trustees, executive management committee and our committed staff to continue our legacy and stellar reputation as a leader in the industry.”

Prior to her appointment, Gomes was vice president of clinical services for Home Health VNA and chief clinical officer of Home Health Foundation.

During her tenure, Gomes assumed progressive leadership roles across the agency, developed and implemented a wide variety of progressive, clinically advanced patient care initiatives, and led transitions of care and quality improvement programs. She also is knowledgeable about industry legislative issues and initiatives.

She has more than 18 years of experience in home health and hospice care. Prior to joining Home Health VNA, Gomes was executive director of Home Health Services at Northeast Senior Health where she was responsible for the start-up, growth, and development of its Medicare certified home health care agency.

Gomes received a Bachelor of Science degree from Regents College and a Master of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts.

The foundation traces its roots back to 1895 when the first “district nursing program” was established to provide nursing care at home to mill-working families of Lawrence, Methuen, and North Andover.

In 1984, the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lawrence was established and four years later Hospice of Greater Lawrence was incorporated, changing its name to Merrimack Valley Hospice. Home Health VNA began as a homemaker/home health agency in 1968.

Today, Home Health Foundation is a multi-state, full service provider of certified home health, palliative, hospice, and private duty services with annual revenues of $60 million. It serves 110 cities and towns throughout northeastern Massachusetts, the Merrimack Valley, and Southern New Hampshire, with five offices and a 21-suite hospice house, that combined oversee an average daily census of 3,500 patients.

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