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August 11, 2023
Mini pony makes therapy visit to former owner at High Pointe House.
March 21, 2023
 In this Boston Globe letter to the editor, Tufts Medicine Care at Home Chief Medical Officer Bernice Burkarth, MD, HMDC, FAAHPM shares her perspective on end-of-life care in light of former President Jimmy Carter’s recent decision to enter hospice care. She writes, “Every time I witness a patient or family member crumple at the suggestion of hospice or palliative care, I despair over the misconception, even by my fellow health care providers, th ...
December 30, 2021
Lawrence, Mass. – Patricia Finocchiaro, RN, MS has been promoted to clinical director of Home Health VNA, a nonprofit service provider of Lawrence-based Home Health Foundation which provides a comprehensive continuum of home health, palliative, hospice, aide and private care services in all the places patients call home.Diane Farraher-Smith, MSN/MBA, RN, chief clinical integration officer of Home Health Foundation, praised Finocchiaro’s strong le ...
December 28, 2021
Lawrence, Mass. – Eric Redard has been promoted to director of volunteers, chaplaincy and bereavement services at Merrimack Valley Hospice, a Lawrence-based nonprofit organization providing comfort care and supportive services to patients nearing the end of life and bereavement services to their families and loved ones.“Every day, I am moved by the compassionate caring demonstrated by my fellow hospice caregivers who deliver emotional and spiritu ...
November 22, 2021
Lawrence, Mass. – While each individual’s grief journey is unique, it can be comforting to be among others who have also experienced great sorrow.On Wednesday, December 8 at 6 p.m., Merrimack Valley Hospice invites the public to its annual Candles of Remembrance ceremony via Zoom (Meeting ID 979 0309 8768; Passcode 742116). A virtual candle memorial wall will be displayed, and a gift of any amount will honor a loved one’s memory with an inscripti ...
November 9, 2021
Bernice Burkarth, MD named Physician of the Year and High Pointe House Precaution Suite earns Innovative Team Award Lawrence, Mass.– Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts today honored the nonprofit agencies of Home Health Foundation with two Innovation and Star Awards. Bernice Burkarth, MD, HMDC, FAAHPM was named Physician of the Year, and the High Pointe House Precaution Suite was presented with the Innovative Team Award.Each year, Home Care Alli ...
October 26, 2021
Lawrence, Mass. – While the holiday season is a time of joy for many, it can cause great struggle for those who are grieving. Recognizing that a sense of community, shared experiences and connection are especially important this time of year, Merrimack Valley Hospice is offering free support to cope with the holidays.A facilitator from Merrimack Valley Hospice’s licensed, credentialed bereavement staff will lead each workshop, both in person and ...
October 5, 2021
Lawrence, Mass. – As Marlene Cerulli’s long battle with breast cancer neared its end last summer, her family turned to Merrimack Valley Hospice and its partnership with York Hospital Hospice to keep the longtime Melrose resident comfortable while surrounded by family in her favorite place: her beach house at York, Maine.“Seeing a loved one suffering is one of the hardest things to endure,” said her daughter, Marlena Fitts. “Merrimack Valley Hospi ...
September 30, 2021
Lawrence, Mass. – For those who are grieving, navigating new rhythms of grocery shopping, preparing meals and dining without a beloved partner can cause added daily distress.Recognizing the deep connection between food and mourning, Merrimack Valley Hospice offers “Cooking and Eating for One” classes among its free, virtual support groups offered via the Zoom video conferencing platform.The series of three interactive workshops, taking place on T ...
September 16, 2021
Lawrence, Mass.  – Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Merrimack Valley Hospice has relied on supporters more than ever to continue providing highly skilled, compassionate hospice and palliative care to the most vulnerable members of the community, regardless of their ability to pay.With the need for funds greater than ever, the public is invited to participate in a virtual silent auction. Free registration is available at MerrimackValleyHospice.or ...
Press Releases
May 17, 2021
 Lawrence, Mass.  – Kelli True, BSN, RN has been promoted to director of referral management and transitions of care at Home Health Foundation, a Lawrence-based nonprofit organization under the Wellforce Health System which provides home health, palliative, hospice, aide and private care services in all the places patients call home.In her new position, True will play a strategic role in executing the organization’s marketing and referral growth ...
January 26, 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 ...
October 10, 2020
Lawrence, Mass. (October 9, 2020) – Merrimack Valley Hospice nurse Marley Beohner, RN is dedicated to delivering specialized, compassionate comfort care to patients at the end of their life’s journey.A lesser known but equally important aspect of Beohner’s work is the care which she extends to patients and their families, soothing anxiety while gaining an understanding of their wishes. “Especially now in this era of COVID-19, we’re surrogates for ...
Patient Stories
September 18, 2020
 Lawrence, Mass. (September 18, 2020) – While the physical effects of COVID-19 have been widely documented, 100-year-old Rita Ducheneau has struggled with isolation at Marguerite’s House Assisted Living on the Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services campus in Lawrence.To ease her patient’s loneliness, Merrimack Valley Hospice Case Manager Meredith McNeilly, RN, BSN recently presented a tablet to Ducheneau and taught her how to conduct video chats. I ...
Press Releases
April 29, 2020
New unit at High Pointe House in Haverhill is first of its kind in the region Home Health Foundation, a Lawrence-based nonprofit organization providing essential home health and hospice care in all the places patients call home, has opened a special unit for patients with COVID-19 at High Pointe House, an acute care hospice residence in Haverhill which provides a home-like alternative to hospitalization for those requiring specialized end-of-life ...
May 12, 2019
Spring has arrived and the signs of change are all around us. Trees and flowers show their buds in parks and gardens and the days grow longer, brighter, and warmer. With the arrival of spring, I’m reminded of all the seasons we New Englanders experience, and how they mirror the changing seasons of life. Some, like spring, bring renewal.  Others bring changes that are more challenging to experience.At Merrimack Valley Hospice, our goal is to suppo ...
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