Brian Kelly @ brpkelly

CREVE COEUR, Mo. (KMOX) – BJC Hospice cut the ribbon Friday on a new facility that will help patients and families facing the end of life.

It’s “Evelyn’s House” at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur.

“It’s a place where people can come and be in a comfortable home-like surrounding,” BJC Hospice Director Barbara Westland says, “Where caring and compassionate and skilled care is being provided.”

The house has specialized staff on site 24/7 and offers music therapy and spiritual counseling.

In addition to the 16 guest suites, the house includes places for families to gather and support each other.

“We have a family dining area,” Westland says. “We have a family guest room. We have gathering rooms for our families and we have a beautiful garden for patients and families.”

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Courtesy: BJC Hospice

Westland says those common areas can help families get through the very difficult time.

“What they are all share together is that they’re losing a loved one,” Westland says. “They can support one another by being together and sharing their stories and making new memories. Memories that will last a lifetime.”

Patients may stay at Evelyn’s Place, or undergo treatment until they can return home.

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Courtesy: BJC Hospice

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According to Westland, it’s only the second facility of its kind in the region. The facility will begin accepting patients Monday, June 19.

Patients are to be referred by their physician.

For more information go to or call  314-996-8100 or 844-996-8100 (toll-free).

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