About

Focused Care for the Individual

The Hospice of Baton Rouge has been meeting the end-of-life care needs of Greater Baton Rouge since 1984. The organization was formed out of the need and desire from patients that wanted to pass on in the comfort of their own homes surrounded by their loved ones. The Hospice was at the forefront of this service and continues to be the most experienced program in the city by focusing on each individual at a time.

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The Philosophy of The Hospice of Baton Rouge

Our Mission - To provide end-of-life care and support in a home or homelike setting for patients and their loved ones.

Our Vision - To ensure that no one will ever die alone, in pain, or discomfort.

Our Purpose - The Hospice of Baton Rouge affirms life and views death as a natural process.


Our Values

Excellence - Hospice as it should be. Competent and professional care that is accessible to all people.

Compassion - We provide holistic care focusing on the mind, body, and spirit. We treat all patients, caregivers, employees, and volunteers with dignity. We strive to be trustworthy and approachable.

Integrity - Honest and accountable. You can depend on The Hospice to do our best even when no one is watching. Our staff and volunteers are proud to be serving the end-of-life care needs of our community.

Stewardship - We are responsible stewards of our time, talents, and financial resources. We are supported by our community and give back to our community. We are called to serve.

Teamwork - A collaborative care model is at the core of our mission. We strive to listen and speak respectfully to each other, to our patients and their caregivers. We share responsibility for the quality of the end-of-life care we provide. Teamwork is lived and embodied, not just talked about.


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Meet Our Medical Staff

Hospice or palliative care is comfort care. Our goal is to address the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of individuals who are in the final stages of life. Services are provided by The Hospice of Baton Rouge in the patient’s home, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and group homes. Our interdisciplinary team of health-care professionals and trained volunteers provides hospice care.

Catherine Schendel

Meet the CEO

A Louisiana native, Catherine Schendel has a Master of Science Degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University. She worked as a clinical and transplant dietitian in Georgia and Louisiana hospitals, gaining administrative expertise along the way. Prior to becoming COO and then CEO of The Hospice of Baton Rouge, Catherine was Director of Healthcare Administration at St. James Place, Baton Rouge. She is married with two children.

Meet the Board of Directors

As a nonprofit, our decisions are made by a group of distinguished individuals in our city. Each board members plays a vital role to the success of the organization by putting the patient’s needs first.

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