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Hospice services

Hospice Field Program

The primary focus of St. Anthony's Hospice Field Program is to provide relief from suffering through pain and symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support to those at the end of life.

Hospice staff and services

Medical and support services are provided to patients and families by a coordinated, interdisciplinary team of highly skilled and dedicated people working from one plan of care.

The program includes:

  • physician services
  • nursing services
  • home health aide services
  • social services - veterans program
  • pastoral care
  • bereavement care
  • volunteer services
  • routine care
  • inpatient care
  • respite care
  • nutritional counseling
  • medications related to the terminal illness
  • medical supplies
  • medical equipment

Admission criteria

Hospice is available to all terminally ill individuals and their families regardless of their age, gender, race, nationality, creed, sexual orientation, physical condition, availability of primary caregiver, or ability to pay.

To be admitted, a patient must:

  • Have a referral by a physician, family member, friend or the patient.
  • Agree to treatment aimed at comfort rather than cure.
  • Have an incurable disease with a life expectancy of six months or less, as certified by a physician.

Reimbursement and insurance

St. Anthony's Hospice is a nonprofit program for comprehensive end-of-life care for all individuals without regard to race, religion or financial situation. Hospice care is available to all individuals living with a terminal illness, regardless of their ability to pay.

Hospice care is paid for by:

  • Medicare and Medicaid (See "Medicare Basics" - PDF icon)
  • Most private insurance companies
  • Funding is available to help patients who are uninsured or underinsured.
  • Room and board is the responsibility of the patient and his/her family. Financial aid is available.

Service area

St. Anthony's Hospice serves patients who live within a one-hour drive of the Medical Center in St. Louis City, as well as, St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin counties. While the majority of our patients remain at home, some reside in long-term care facilities or St. Anthony's at de Greeff Hospice House

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For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.

Working as trusted partners, the physicians and employees of St. Anthony's Health System will deliver care distinguished by its demonstrated quality and personalized service. We will be visibly engaged in improving the health and well­ being of the communities we serve in South County and beyond. We will stand together, proud to set the standard for independent community health systems.