Hospice comes from the word “hospitality.” In times past, it was a way station for the wounded, sick and weary. Today, it is a valued service for the terminally ill and their family. Hospice cares for the physical, psychological, social, financial, and spiritual needs of the patient and their family in the comfort and privacy of their own home.

Our Beginnings

In 1976, four dedicated founding members set to work to make the dream of providing service to the dying in southeast Texas a reality. And by 1979, sixteen patients had been served. Since its humble beginnings, the Southeast Texas Hospice has grown to include a governing board of twelve area civic leaders, sixteen staff, and over sixty-five volunteers who serve over two hundred patient families per year.

As a private, nonprofit, non-governmental organization, the Southeast Texas Hospice is dedicated to caring for terminally ill patients and their families.


Each year, we partner with the actors throughout the community to present and evening of Fun and Mystery! Throughout the years, our Mystery Dinner Theatre has become one of our most successful and entertaining fundraising events. It’s one you surely won’t want to miss!

Each December, Hospice erects its “Holiday Dove Tree,” decorated with personalized dove ornaments, that honors hospice patients who have died during the year. “The Toilet Paper Tea,” an annual open house at the Hospice office, provides a festive way for patrons to provide paper towels, soap, paper clips and office supplies that help offset office expenses.

Hospice sponsors monthly meetings as part of its Bereavement Program for family members to learn more about healthy steps in the grieving and recovery process.

Hospice staff members participate in various outreach programs such as community health fairs and maintain a speakers bureau to provide informative speakers for organizational meetings about hospice care giving.


Mary McKenna, M.S.

Executive Director


Michael N. Amsden, M.D.

Medical Director


Cristi Fall, R.N.

Director of Patient Services


Cheryl Richard

Director of Administrative Services


Renee Droddy



Belinda Thibodeaux

Director of Volunteers


Patricia Coppage

Social Worker


Br. Jeff Bell



Robin Bickham, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Kari Hollingsworth, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Ruth Mason, M.R.N.

Registered Nurse

Staci O’Banion, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Chenat Turner

Home Health Aide

Sabrina Williams

Home Health Aide