Hospice of Baton Rouge


Hospice of Baton Rouge

Infobox_Company
company_name = Hospice of Baton Rouge
company_
company_type = Non-Profit
company_slogan = It's about how you live. | foundation = 1984 (Baton Rouge, LA)
founder = Dr. David Kahn, M.D.
location =
area_served = Louisiana Civil Parishes of East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Livingston, Ascension, Iberville, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, and portions of Pointe Coupee
key_people = Kathryn Grigsby, CEO
Rev. Amy Ziettlow, COO
Vera Olds, President
Don Phelps, Vice President
Scott Huffstetler, Secretary/Treasurer
Danny J. McConnell, Past President
Gerald M. Barber, M.D., Medical Director
Guido DeJesus, M.D, Associate Medical Director
G. Douglas Say, M.D., Associate Medical Director
industry = Palliative Care
products = Palliative Care
homepage = http://www.hospicebr.org/ |

Hospice of Baton Rouge, also known as Hospice Foundation of Greater Baton Rouge, is a not-for-profit hospice, which has served the Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana metropolitan area since its inception in 1984. Hospice of Baton Rouge is partially funded by the United Way and is certified by both Medicare and Medicaid. As a result of being a not-for-profit hospice, Hospice of Baton Rouge provides palliative care to any terminally ill patient with a prognosis of six months or less to live, without regard to the patient's ability to pay for any services rendered. [https://www.hospicebr.org/welcome.cfm?s=1000129]

History

The creation of Hospice Foundation of Greater Baton Rouge was the vision of founders Don Berlin, Dr. David Kahn, and Dr. David Lion. Mr. Berlin and Dr. Lion both suffered from terminal cancer. Wishing to pass-away at their homes, Mr. Berlin's and Dr. Lion's oncologist, Dr. Kahn, sought for the inception of Hospice Foundation of Greater Baton Rouge in 1984. Once the Foundation came into being, they hired a small staff consisting of a nurse and a social worker in order to commence providing for direct patient care. [https://www.hospicebr.org/welcome.cfm?s=1000129]

In 1988, Hospice Foundation of Greater Baton Rouge became listed as a United Way agency and in 1991 renamed itself to its present-day, shorter business name of Hospice of Baton Rouge. [https://www.hospicebr.org/welcome.cfm?s=1000129]

Board of Directors

Hospice of Baton Rouge is managed by a board of directors, consisting of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary and Treasurer, an individual who was a former President of the Board of Directors, a Medical Director, two Associate Medical Directors, twelve regular board members, and a CEO. [https://www.hospicebr.org/boardofdirectors.cfm?s=1000129]

Inpatient Care Unit

Hospice of Baton Rouge opened its inpatient care unit, known as The Butterfly Wing, in November 2005 at the Ollie Steel Burden Manor Nursing Home in Baton Rouge. The Butterfly Wing is an eight bed facility, utilized by patients who are either suffering from extreme pain, suffering from extreme symptoms, are closely approaching death, or need a place to stay while alternative housing provisions are provided for. [https://www.hospicebr.org/inpatientunit.cfm?s=1000129]

Greater Baton Rouge Metropolitan Service Area

Hospice of Baton Rouge services the following parishes in the State of Louisiana [https://www.hospicebr.org/welcome.cfm?s=1000129] :

* East Baton Rouge Parish
* West Baton Rouge Parish
* East Feliciana Parish
* West Feliciana Parish
* Ascension Parish
* Livingston Parish
* Iberville Parish
* Areas of Pointe Coupee Parish

Accreditation

Hospice of Baton Rouge is accredited by the Capital Area United Way Chapter of Baton Rouge, Louisiana [https://www.hospicebr.org/aboutus.cfm?s=1000129] ; The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations' (LANO) Standards of Excellence [https://www.hospicebr.org/aboutus.cfm?s=1000129] ; and is certified by both Medicare and Medicaid [https://www.hospicebr.org/welcome.cfm?s=1000129] .

Fund Raisers

Hospice of Baton Rouge holds several fund raisers each year, with all proceeds benefiting the direct patient care for patients who could not otherwise provide for reimbursement of their care. Recent fund raisers include "Trees of Light", "Decorators' Show Home", "Bloom'N Art", and "Motown at the Museum." [https://www.hospicebr.org/treesoflight2006.cfm?s=1000129]

Trees of Light

Individuals sponsor a light bulb on a live Christmas tree, located outside of the Shaw Center for the Arts of Louisiana State University. Sponsorship of a bulb is $25 per bulb and is either dedicated in honor of an individual or in memory of an individual. There is a ceremony held toward the beginning of the Christmas season, celebrating the beginning of the Trees of Light initiative. [https://www.hospicebr.org/dynaweb/hospicebrorg/docs/tol_newsletter_-_2007_donations.pdf]

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