Jessica Card, BSN, RN Appointed as Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at Merrimack Valley Hospice


Director Hospice Palliative CareLawrence, Mass. (July 28, 2020) – Jessica Card, BSN, RN has expanded her role to director of hospice and palliative care at Merrimack Valley Hospice, a nonprofit organization providing comfort care and palliative services to patients facing life-limiting illnesses.

In her new role, Card has overall responsibility for the Community Palliative Care Program with a combination of advanced clinical technology, evidence-based best practices and a patient-centered team approach for highly skilled and compassionate care wherever patients call home.

Card has been director of clinical services at Merrimack Valley Hospice since December 2017. Previously, she was a clinical manager and case manager at Merrimack Valley Hospice, a nurse leader in the Dracut Public Schools and worked in the Pediatric Burn ICU at Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Card earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University. She lives in Dracut.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to further strengthen the continuum of care and ensure that patients receive the right level at the right time, while meeting them where they are in their care trajectory,” she said.

“Ms. Card is fully committed to nursing excellence in both palliative and complex care, as well as end of life care, and brings her expertise to this key leadership role within our organization,” said Diane Farraher-Smith, MSN/MBA, RN, chief clinical integration officer of Home Health Foundation. “Her focus is on the patient and the family, as well as her team of caring staff who provide these much needed services in both Merrimack Valley Hospice and within our home health programs.”

About Merrimack Valley Hospice

Merrimack Valley Hospice provides comprehensive end-of-life care and services to patients in more than 120 cities and towns and at High Pointe House, the hospice and palliative care residence in Haverhill. The licensed, acute care facility, which is designed as a comfortable, home-like setting, has been a unique and vital component of Home Health Foundation’s continuum of care since 2009. To learn more, visit

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