The health system’s new name reflects a closer relationship with Tufts Medicine health system and full continuum of home health, palliative and hospice care
Lawrence, Mass. – Home Health Foundation, which has a 127-year history as the region’s most trusted provider of home health, palliative and hospice care, today announces its new name of Tufts Medicine Care at Home.
In addition, Merrimack Valley Hospice, Home Health VNA and Home Health VNA of New Hampshire – longtime healthcare provider agencies under the former Home Health Foundation umbrella – will transition to the new name of Tufts Medicine Care at Home in the coming months.
The name change reflects Tufts Medicine Care at Home’s strong and growing partnership with Tufts Medical Center, Lowell General Hospital, MelroseWakefield Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and more than 2,000 physicians across eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire as a member of the Tufts Medicine health system. The clinically integrated network was founded as Wellforce in 2014 to leverage the experience of its member organizations, integrate their missions and transform how consumers engage with and experience their care.
“We joined together to reimagine healthcare, bring care closer to home, advance medicine and focus on health as much as healing,” said Karen Gomes, RN, MS, CPHQ, president and CEO of
Tufts Medicine Care at Home. “While we believe the name Tufts Medicine Care at Home better represents our nonprofit organization’s full continuum of home health, palliative and hospice care, our top priority remains our steadfast commitment to the care and well-being of the patients and wider community that we so proudly serve.”
According to Diane Farraher-Smith, MSN/MBA, RN, chief clinical integration officer for Tufts Medicine Care at Home, the caregivers and services on which patients rely will remain the same throughout the organization’s transition to its new name.
“We expect no disruption or impact on the services that our patients receive from our expert team of nurses, therapists, social workers and aides, nor must they do anything to continue receiving care,” Farraher-Smith said. “All of us at Tufts Medicine Care at Home look forward to continuing to deliver the same high-quality care with unwavering compassion and kindness for which we are renowned.”