Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - STPH Welcomes Medical Director of Hospice and Home Health Programs

COVINGTON, LA – St. Tammany Parish Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Alexandra Leigh has joined the medical staff, serving as Medical Director for the hospital’s hospice and home health programs.

“Dr. Leigh brings specific experience and training to our home health and hospice programs,” said Patti Ellish, FACHE, President and CEO. “Under her leadership, our interdisciplinary team will be able to provide optimal care for our patients diagnosed with advanced, life-threatening diseases.”

Dr. Leigh earned her medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005. She completed a fellowship in palliative care from the same school in 2010.

“As a palliative care physician, I have seen hospice allow patients to continue comprehensive, primary care at home while focusing on aggressive symptom treatment,” said Dr. Leigh. “The team of nurses, social workers, chaplains, volunteers, therapists and physicians here at St. Tammany Parish Hospital works beyond the physical comfort of our patients, helping to bring peace and well-being to the family unit as well.”

STPH’s home health and hospice programs provide palliative and supportive care to patients confined to their homes and under their physician’s care. Services include skilled nursing, nutritional guidance, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy and social services. Home health aides are trained and experienced nursing aides that assist with personal hygiene and activities of daily living under a registered nurse’s direction. For more information on STPH’s home health and hospice programs, call 985-871-5976. 

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A full-service acute care facility committed to providing world-class healthcare and the latest technology, St. Tammany Parish Hospital delivers today’s life-improving procedures with the utmost care to area residents with emphasis on wellness, preventive care and disease management close to home. STPH is a self-supporting not-for-profit community hospital; it receives no tax funding.

The St. Tammany Hospital Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization established to support and enhance the healing work of the physicians and staff of St. Tammany Parish Hospital.  Through the development of philanthropic support, the foundation seeks to fortify the promise to provide world-class health care close to home, now and for generations to come.