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Mission Statement History

Our Mission

Our mission is to continue to provide access to much-needed home medical equipment for all patients. In a time when healthcare providers and patients are facing more obstacles than ever before, Home Care Specialists will work hard to partner with our patients and community clinicians, keeping them informed of the ever-changing requirements of CMS (Medicare and Medicaid), private insurances, accrediting bodies, and our elected legislature. HCS strongly believes that taking care of patients in their homes is the best and most cost efficient model and we will continue to fight to guarantee patient access.


Home Care Specialists was founded in 1977 by William Desmarais and Gary Rudis. At the time, Bill and Gary were two young respiratory therapists working at the former Saint John's hospital in Lowell, MA. Initially, Home Care Specialists was a two-man operation with Bill and Gary working tirelessly providing home oxygen therapy to their patients in the Merrimack Valley. At the time, this entailed hand delivering large oxygen cylinders which weighed as much 150 pounds each and needed to be replaced weekly. In 1984, Home Care Specialists moved from a home-based business to their first office located on Primrose Street in Haverhill, MA. Since then HCS has continued to grow and expand and now has 4 locations throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

As Home Care Specialists grew, so did their reputation for setting the standard for quality respiratory care. In 1990, HCS was accredited by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission has long been the gold standard for quality healthcare and HCS was among the very first providers of home medical equipment to receive accreditation.

In 2009,  Home Care Specialists was recognized by the city of Haverhill and the state of MA for providing over 30 years of service to local communities. Citations were presented to Bill and Gary by Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini, State Senator Steven Baddour, and State Representative Brian Dempsey.

Today Home Care Specialists continues to service the communities of MA, NH, and ME through our network of locations, technicians, and clinicians. We continue to act as a leader in the home medical equipment industry and work closely with numerous organizations to support and promote patient advocacy and the industry as a whole.