Karen Gomes, RN, MS, CPHQ, leads Home Health Foundation as new President and CEO


Lawrence, MA. Karen Gomes, RN, MS, CPHQ, has been appointed President and CEO of Home Health Foundation, which includes Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice and HomeCare, Inc. 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 5 offices and a 21 suite hospice house, that combined oversee an average daily census of 3,500 patients. In addition, Merrimack Valley Hospice, operating in partnership with York Hospital, provides comprehensive end-of-life care and bereavement services in 13 communities in Southern Maine.

Prior to her appointment as President and CEO, 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 has a firm grasp of industry legislative issues and initiatives.

“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.”

Gomes received a Bachelor of Science degree from Regents College and a Master of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts. 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 their Medicare certified home health care agency.

Gomes lives in Beverly with her husband and family.

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