Mr. Berlin and Dr. Lion were both diagnosed with terminal cancer and both knew they wanted to die in their own homes; however, there were no hospice services in the city at the time. Together with Dr. 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.
Today, The Hospice of Baton Rouge remains the oldest hospice, the only nonprofit hospice, and the first to open an in-patient unit in Baton Rouge.
Since 1984, The Hospice of Baton Rouge has served three generations in 13 parishes with quality end-of-life care. Their mission is to provide quality care in a home or homelike setting so that patients will not die alone or in discomfort. As the oldest and only nonprofit hospice in the city, they provide the most experienced and most trusted care to any patient regardless of their ability to pay. With the recent relocation of their administrative offices to their in-patient unit, The Butterfly Wing, they are now operating even more efficiently and effectively.