Townsend’s Kathy Duckett to head home care for Health Foundation

KAthy Duckett

LAWRENCE — Kathy Duckett, MSN, RN, has joined Home Health Foundation, a Lawrence-based nonprofit organization, as director of advanced care at home.

The new department is based at Circle Home in Lowell, a provider agency of Home Health Foundation and part of Wellforce Health System.

In her new role, Duckett, a Townsend resident, is responsible for higher acuity care and alternative care in the home involving telehealth, wound care, infusion and cardiac care within the Wellforce-wide INitiative in Cardiovascular Care.

A seasoned speaker and author on a wide range of health-related topics, Duckett has more than 20 years of nursing and home-care experience. Her previous position was chief clinical and compliance officer at CareGroup Parameter Home Care & Hospice in Watertown, where she had overall responsibility for the clinical and quality operations for home care and hospice.

Duckett holds a Master of Science in nursing innovation and intra/entrepreneurship in advanced nursing practice from Drexel University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Michigan State University. She is an editorial board member of Home Healthcare Nurse, a member of the American Telemedicine Association and a member of the National Nurses in Business Association.

Home Health Foundation Chief Clinical Integration Officer Diane Farraher-Smith, MSN/MBA, RN, praised Duckett’s vast leadership background, innovation and knowledge of the home-care industry.

“Kathy’s extensive experience and nursing acumen will add tremendous value in strengthening our clinical strategy as we partner with our hospital and physician colleagues to keep patents at home safely and with the highest quality, while reducing re-hospitalizations and emergency-room usage,” Farraher-Smith said.Duckett said she is excited to make a tangible difference in the lives of patients throughout the Merrimack Valley and beyond.

“It has been my experience that most people want to stay in their home for their health care whenever possible,” she said. “I’m looking forward to working with everyone at Home Health Foundation, and with the larger Wellforce team, to create programs that benefit our patients and allow them to receive the best care possible where they want it and when they need it.”

To learn more about Home Health Foundation services, or to arrange for care, contact the referral team at 800-333-4799 or visit