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About Us

Hildegard House is Kentucky's first and only comfort care home. Through the support of our community and with the help of many volunteers, we provide a home and compassionate care for individuals at the end of life who have no home or loved ones to care for them so that they may die with dignity.

Hildegard House is located in a quaint section of the historic Butchertown neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. Our home was once the Ursuline convent for the sisters that taught at St. Joseph School.

"Write it on your heart that every day

is the best day of the year."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our Vision

A world where every dying individual has access to comfort, dignity, and someone who cares.

Our Mission

We provide a home and compassionate care for individuals at the end of life who have no home or loved ones to care for them so that they may die with dignity.

Our Values

  • We believe

  • Every dying individual should have as much relief from pain as possible

  • No one should have to die alone or lonely

  • A loving home enables death to be a part of a personal story rather than a medical event

  • Dignity and comfort are an important part of the end of life

  • Every person's life is sacred, even to the last moment

  • Hospice and other organizations are valuable partners

  • We are a vital resource to the community and can rely on its support

Our Mission

What We Do

Hildegard House provides a home, quality end-of-life care and access to hospice services for people during the last three months of life. We are family to those who have no loved ones to care for them during this sacred time.

Hildegard House provides short-term, end-of- life care to adults of all ages. We serve people of all faiths and those of no faith. Each resident has a hospice team. We fill a critical gap in care without duplicating services.

We are a resource for the entire community. Our services are free as a charitable organization with a mission of compassion and hospitality.

We are a 501 (c)3 charitable organization and are funded entirely by donations. We will not bill Medicare, private insurance or individuals.

Our Services

Every resident has access to a hospice team which is composed of a nurse, a nurse’s aide, a social worker and chaplain. Meals, laundry, housekeeping and companionship are a part of the home setting at the Hildegard House.

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Our Board

We are grateful to have a passionate Board of Directors. Their generous giving of time and talent allows us to continue to stay focused on our mission and grow strategically.

Carl Herde, Chair, Retired, Kentucky Hospital Association

Barbara Gordon, Vice-Chair, UofL Trager Institute

Marilyn Cleeff, Treasurer, Consultant

Mary Beth Hatch, MD, Secretary, Flaget Hospital

Betty Adkins, Retired, Metro Government

Julie Boatright, Humana

Barret Collins, Community Volunteer

Sean Higgins, CEO, Mint Julep Tours

Donald Kavanaugh, Barry Wooley Designs

Al Klein, Retired, Humana

Derek Reed, Retired, Chief Regional District Judge

Rev. Tara Reck, Pastor, Anchorage Presbyterian Church

Donna Trabue, Volunteers of America, Mid-States

George Webb, MD, Retired, Hosparus


Karen Cassidy, Executive Director

Jane Walsh, Assistant Director

Jana McNally, Volunteer Coordinator

Judy Noble, House Manager


Chuck Anderson, MD, Medical Director, Baptist Health

We Need Your Support Today!

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