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About Us

Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) has provided care to terminally ill patients and their families since May of 1982. We are incorporated as a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization and governed by a 25-member Board of Directors.

The agency is the oldest provider of hospice services in the West Alabama area and a member of the United Way of West Alabama. HOWA is certified to provide services under the Medicare and Medicaid programs and an approved provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. In 1998, HOWA became the first community-based hospice in Alabama to attain accreditation by The Joint Commission.

Hospice of West Alabama is the only agency serving West Alabama with its own free-standing hospice inpatient facility, which has served more than 8,200 patients since it opened on November 1, 2004.

The agency staff of more than 80 individuals serves hundreds of patients annually in Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Greene, Hale, Bibb, Fayette, and Lamar counties.

Mission Statement

Hospice of West Alabama provides support and care for persons in the last phases of incurable disease so they may live as fully and as comfortably as possible. Hospice recognizes dying as part of the normal process of living and focuses on maintaining the quality of life. Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice is a coordinated program of palliative and supportive services provided in both home and inpatient settings. Hospice provides physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care for dying persons and their families.


Page last revised: November 4, 2022