Mercy Hospice South - DeGreeff Hospice House

Home Health and Hospice


Mercy believes that patients facing end-of-life and their families deserve an environment dedicated to preserving their comfort, dignity and quality of life. For almost twenty years, we’ve been privileged to care for over 5,000 patients completing their earthly journey at the Fern & Russell F. de Greeff Hospice House on the campus of Mercy Hospital South in south St. Louis County.

What makes the Hospice House special?

Hospice care at the de Greeff Hospice House embraces all aspects of life – physical, spiritual and emotional – and cares for patients with a staff including:

  • Medical Director
    American Board-Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Registered Nurses
    Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Chaplain
    Trained in Clinical Pastoral Care 
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Certified Nurse Aides
  • Hospice-trained volunteers

What does the Hospice House provide? 

  • Expertise in end-of-life medical care
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Inpatient hospice for patients requiring short term symptom management
  • Bereavement counseling
  • Financial counseling and aid, if necessary

Who can receive end-of-life care at the Hospice House?

  • Male and female patients 18 years of age and older
  • Patients diagnosed with a terminal illness, including cancer, heart disease, end-stage dementia and end-stage ALS
  • Patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Patients from the St. Louis metro area, including surrounding counties and IL

What does the de Greeff Hospice House offer? 

  • Calming setting including quiet patios, landscaped grounds and walking paths
  • 14 single-bedroom suites with family member accommodations
  • No visiting hour restrictions
  • Fully equipped family kitchen
  • Two dining rooms for meals, celebrations or special gatherings
  • Open family rooms and sitting areas
  • Chapel for private meditation or scheduled worship services
  • Bereavement Library

What qualifies someone for de Greeff Hospice House? 

  • Physician referral
  • RN evaluations
  • Medical Director approval 
  • Terminal prognosis of six months or less
  • Lack of a primary caregiver and/or resources to hire outside help
  • Inability to remain at home due to intensification of symptoms