Our History

The dream of Don Berlin, Dr. David Kahn and Dr. David Lion became a reality in 1984 when the Hospice Foundation of Greater Baton Rouge was incorporated. Don Berlin and David Lion both knew their cancer was terminal and that they wanted to die at home. Together with Dr. David Kahn, their oncologist, these men succeeded in laying the groundwork for what is today The Hospice Foundation of Greater Baton Rouge dba The Hospice of Baton Rouge.

Through the tireless efforts of a small group of concerned individuals and business leaders, the Foundation became a reality. In the winter of 1985, a nurse and social worker were hired, and the Foundation began providing direct patient care. Major funding came from Our Lady of the Lake Hospital and the Baton Rouge General Hospital. Additional funding came from numerous civic groups and generous individuals.

The Hospice of Baton Rouge became a Capital Area United Way Agency in 1988. The Foundation began doing business as Hospice of Baton Rouge in 1991.

History of Hospice
In the Middle Ages, hospices were way stations for weary travelers, the sick, and the dying where they could receive comfort, care and solace during the journey. Today hospices seek to bring this same kind of relief and comfort care to those who are dying and to their families, in a warm, loving atmosphere with an emphasis on helping them live as fully and normally as possible.

In 1973, the first hospice in the United States was established in New Haven, Connecticut. This was modeled after St. Christopher’s Hospice in London, England, which was founded by Dr. Cecily Saunders in the early 60’s. Hospice in the United States has evolved into several different program structures including free-standing facilities, hospital affiliated providers and those that are exclusively home care.

Did You Know?
Established in 1984, The Hospice of Baton Rouge is celebrating its 32nd year of providing end-of-life care and support to the Greater Baton Rouge Community.
The Hospice of Baton Rouge is the OLDEST hospice and the ONLY nonprofit hospice in East Baton Rouge Parish.
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