Hospice


725 W. 11th Ave.
Covington, LA 70433
985-871-5976
Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm
Nurse on call 24 hours


The St. Tammany Parish Hospital Hospice program provides palliative and supportive care to terminally ill patients and their families in the home through an interdisciplinary team that addresses physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

Hospice of St. Tammany is a member of the Louisiana/Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and is led by medical director Alexandra Leigh, MD.

Hospice of St. Tammany recognizes the personal worth and dignity of each individual from conception to death and believes that death, as the final stage of living, is a natural process. We neither hasten nor postpone death. We affirm life and believe people should have choices regarding their lifestyle in the final phase of life.

Coverage and Costs
Services are covered by Medicare and private insurance companies.  Funding may be available for patients with no insurance coverage. 

Bereavement Services
Grief counseling is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one under hospice care or in the community. Monthly support groups and weekly walk-in sessions are offered.  

Caregiver support groups are open to anyone who provides care to individuals (from pediatrics to geriatrics) with ongoing medical needs. Contact the Hospice chaplain’s office at 985-871-5746 for more information.

Hospice Volunteers
Hospice volunteers are specially trained individuals who visit terminally ill patients and their families at home and provide comfort, support and companionship. Volunteers may run errands or simply sit with the patients and read to them. Volunteer clerical positions within Hospice of St. Tammany are also available.

Volunteers in a healthcare field find great satisfaction in helping people and providing needed services.  For more information on becoming a Hospice Volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Charlotte Chauvin.
What is covered in the daily rate for Hospice?

  • Medications related to symptom management of primary hospice diagnosis
  • Medical equipment necessary in the home
  • Nurse visits as needed
  • CNA visits as needed
  • Social work visits as needed
  • Chaplain visits as needed
  • Volunteers as needed (1- to 4-hour increments)
  • Bereavement services, including support groups


Referral and Admission Criteria

Any concerned person may initiate a request for admission. Those who meet patient requirements are recommended for admission. The patient’s physician will then establish a plan of care with the Hospice team. The family and patient have the final decision to select Hospice Care.

"When we thought there was nothing more we could do, Hospice was there with the compassion and help for our loved one and our family."
Charles Hurney