Lawrence, Mass. (January 25, 2021) – Lauren Brousseau has been promoted to director of development and corporate communications at Home Health Foundation, a Lawrence-based nonprofit organization under the Wellforce health system which provides home health, palliative and hospice care in all the places patients call home.
In her new role, Brousseau will play a key strategic role in creating and executing the organization’s philanthropy and overall communications strategies.
Home Health Foundation President and CEO Karen Gomes praised Brousseau’s leadership and dedicated commitment.
“While our organization has been fortunate to benefit from Lauren’s expertise for the past decade, she especially stepped up during the pandemic and led her team through some of the most challenging times that Home Health Foundation has ever faced,” Gomes said. “They have supported our employees and patients with ever-evolving health and safety guidelines and successfully pivoted from large, in-person fundraisers to very successful virtual events. I am proud to support Lauren’s continued professional development with this well-deserved promotion.”
Brousseau joined Home Health Foundation in 2010 as development associate, responsible for connecting donors with ways of giving back including the Tribute Walkway, vehicle donation program, annual giving, gifts-in-kind and planned giving. During her subsequent five-year tenure as special events coordinator, Brousseau created the annual Spring Has Sprung and Legacy of Leading fundraising events while enhancing Candles of Remembrance and the Food, Wine and Beer Tasting and Silent Auction.
As development officer from 2016 to 2019, Brousseau established the Friends of Merrimack Valley Hospice auxiliary group and Corporate Partner Program, forging key relationships with corporate and individual donors. She also implemented the Grateful Patient program and Doorways, an employee-giving initiative which reached 53 percent participation prior to the pandemic.
In 2019, Brousseau was promoted to development and communications manager, supervising efforts to increase support from individuals, foundations, corporations and other sources. Now as director of the department, she oversees and assists in activities including external advertising campaigns, internal messaging and recruitment efforts while keeping board members and donors apprised and engaged in the agencies’ activities and accomplishments.
Brousseau holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UMass Lowell. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Fitchburg State University.
Brousseau said she is so dedicated to the healthcare profession because of the expert, compassionate care her own mother received before succumbing to cancer when Brousseau was a teenager. With donations raised from her wedding in 2014, Brousseau installed a brick in Anne Galimi’s memory in the Tribute Walkway at High Pointe House, the hospice and palliative care residence in Haverhill operated by Merrimack Valley Hospice, which reads, “A true love story never ends.”
“Through my work in philanthropy and communications, families tell me time and again how they wished they called hospice sooner because it gave them more quality time when their loved one was comfortable and at peace,” Brousseau said. “That’s why I’m doing my part to build awareness, so we can help more families benefit from hospice which has such a special place in my heart.”
Brousseau lives in Dracut, Mass.
To learn more about Home Health Foundation services, or to arrange for care, contact the referral team at 800-333-4799 or visit homehealthfoundation.org.
About Home Health Foundation
Home Health Foundation, which includes providers Circle Home, Commonwealth Nursing Services, Hallmark Health VNA, Home Health VNA, Home Health VNA of NH, Merrimack Valley Hospice and York Hospital Hospice as part of the Wellforce health system, provides essential home health and hospice care in all the places patients call home. Together, these agencies are leading the development of a new era of innovation, with a relentless focus on transforming home-based care. For more information, visit HomeHealthFoundation.org.