Hospice of Acadiana, Inc. is proud to serve the Acadiana community and offer the finest medical care to their patients and a complete array of services to families. Father Louis Richard remains an active member of the Board of Directors, a constant reminder of our original goal—to bring a deep commitment to care for the dying.
Following the death of his grandmother while he was a seminarian studying in Belgium, Lafayette-native Father Louis Richard spent a summer working at St. Christopher's House near London with British physician, Dr. Cicely Saunders. Dr. Saunders is considered the founder of the modern-day Hospice movement, and it was there that Father Louis developed a deep commitment to care for the dying.
Returning home to Lafayette following his ordination, Father Louis met with other community leaders and, in 1983, helped establish Hospice of Acadiana, Inc.—a nonprofit hospice committed to providing quality care at the end of life for all, regardless of their ability to pay for these services.
Hospice of Acadiana, Inc. remains the ONLY nonprofit hospice in the area. They have the longest record of continuous service of any hospice in Louisiana, and, since their inception, they have served over 20,000 patients and their families.