A Surprise Gift
When St. Tammany Hospital Hospice director, Paula Toups, opened a letter stating hospice had been named a beneficiary in a life insurance policy for a man she did not know, she was surprised to say the least. The gentleman left policies totaling more than $75,000 to hospice to help further their mission; providing palliative and supportive care to terminally ill patients and their families in the home through an interdisciplinary team that addresses phsyical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
Staff at St. Tammany Hospital Hospice and
St. Tammany Hospital Foundation soon learned that neither the donor nor his late wife had been patients of hospice, but both had received care at
St. Tammany Parish Hospital through the years. While we may never know the reasons he chose to support the hospice program with his ultimate gift, our staff will always be grateful for his thoughtful planning and generous contributions.
"There is a saying," shares Nicole Suh
re, foundation executive director, "I
'd rather hug you while you're here than shake your family's hand when you're gone." The foundation encourages anyone who would like to remember the hospital in their estate planning to tell us now, so we can thank you face to face.
Beneficiary designation is just one of the many types of planned gifts. These types of gifts allow you to support the mission of the hospital and its programs even after your lifetime. All planned gift donors are recognized as members of the Legacy of Caring Society.