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Hospice of Marshall County’s humble beginnings grew out of the vision of Gayle Roadruck from Guntersville who believed with all her heart that families nearing the end of life deserved more support than was being offered in Marshall County. The City of Guntersville showed their support of this effort in many ways.

The grassroots, all-volunteer, non-profit agency started in 1982 in what is now a closet in the Guntersville Recreation Center. 

Bobby Curry, one of the original volunteers, remembers the small area had one window.  She made a curtain for this “office” to give it a more home-like feel.  The room was just large enough for a desk, a filing cabinet, a phone and two chairs.

The entire county pulled together to get Hospice of Marshall County started. Medical professionals and pharmacists donated hours of their time to train the volunteers.  Volunteers in the early years did everything from medication administration to personal care. 


Gayle Roadruck shown with employee
Velma Atkins at the Grand Opening
of Shepherd's Cove"
There were no registered nurses in the very beginning and a census of 10 patients was considered very large.  In 1988, Hospice of Marshall County became a Medicare certified agency and at that time offered services of professional nurses, social workers, and hospice care assistants in addition to volunteer and chaplain support.  It was at this time that hospice care became a benefit of the Medicare program and Hospice of Marshall County began accepting Medicare, Medicaid and private insurances. Since then, we have become a partner the United Way of Marshall County, which assists us in serving those who have no insurance.
“Bobbie Curry, who enjoys photography as a hobby, spent over 200 hours compiling the pictures of former Hospice of Marshall County offices to collage form.  She then had the collage professionally printed.  Another one of the original early year volunteers, Elowayne Slaton, assisted Curry in her endeavors of identifying the office locations.”

The cost of providing this un-reimbursed care is rising each year.  As a non-profit agency, Hospice of Marshall County has never turned any one away that qualified for hospice services based on their inability to pay, therefore, we are dependent upon public support through donations, memorials, and fundraisers.

The physical location of the office changed over the years as the program grew, but remained in Guntersville until 1997 when the offices were relocated to Hwy 431 in Albertville, Alabama.  In 2007, we moved to our current location at 408 Martling Road in Albertville and opened Shepherd’s Cove. Our 10-bed hospice inpatient facility.  The facility was built to provide additional options for hospice patients who require a higher level of care but not high-tech hospitalizations.  Shepherd’s Cove is a result of community support through monetary gifts and prayer support.


Certificate of Need Proceedings in Montgomery ~ 4-21-04


Blessing of the land 7-26-04

Breaking Ground 11-30-04

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Rhonda and Bobbie ~ Collage presentation in 2007

Hospice of Marshall County is licensed by the state of Alabama and is a member of the Alabama Hospice Organization, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Hospice Alliance of Alabama.

Hospice of Marshall County prides itself in providing the highest quality of hospice care.  It is our belief that each person registered for hospice care deserves to be cared for as we would want our own family members cared for.

Hospice of Marshall County is driven by a value system that includes:

  • Recognition of the value and uniqueness of each individual we serve and their family
  • Ethical decision making in all areas
  • Positive first impressions
  • Compliance to all applicable laws and regulations
  • Confidentiality
 
   

   
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Hospice of Marshall County, Inc.
Shepherd's Cove

408 Martling Road, Albertville, AL 35951
Phone: (256) 891-7724 ~ Toll Free: 1-888-334-9336

Hospice of Marshall County is a regional non-profit hospice.
We proudly serve an eight county area.

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