Mission Statement

It is the mission of Shepherd’s Cove Hospice, a non-profit agency, to provide, with a servant’s heart, exceptional, individualized care for those coping with end-of-life issues.

Photo of patient in bed with doctor's hand over the patient's hand

Shepherd’s Cove Hospice walks with families and individuals of all ages as they journey through end of life and the stages of grief, helping them understand what to expect and bringing peace, comfort, and hope. We are a trusted leader in providing exceptional care tailored to your needs, whether it is at your bedside or in our short-term care facility that offers a peaceful, home-like atmosphere.

We are dedicated to creating an unmatched legacy of service in Northeast Alabama through our hospice care, community bereavement programs, and state-of-the-art team training that ensure an uncompromising high quality of care. Our care involves a team-approach that includes expert medical care, pain-and-symptom management, and spiritual, emotional, and practical support for you and your family.



Humble Beginnings

Shepherd’s Cove Hospice 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 Shepherd’s Cove Hospice 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

Gayle Roadruck shown with 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, Shepherd’s Cove Hospice 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 Shepherd’s Cove Hospice 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.

The cost of providing this un-reimbursed care is rising each year. As a non-profit agency, Shepherd’s Cove Hospice 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 our 10-bed hospice inpatient facility. The facility was built to provide additional options for hospice patients to manage uncontrolled symptoms or for when a respite stay is needed. Shepherd’s Cove is a result of community support through monetary gifts and prayer support.

Collage of Hospice of Marshall County (Shepherd's Cove Hospice) locations throughout the years.

Bobbie Curry, who enjoys photography as a hobby, spent over 200 hours compiling the pictures of former Shepherd’s Cove Hospice 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.



Certificate of Need Proceedings in Montgomery 4-21-04

Certificate of Need Proceedings in Montgomery

Blessing of the land 7-26-04

Blessing of the land

Ground Breaking Ceremony for Inpatient Unit 11-30-04

Breaking Ground

Photo of construction progress for IPU taken on 8-25-05

Photo of construction progress taken on 8-25-05

Photo of construction progress of IPU taken on 12-30-05

Photo of construction progress of IPU taken on 12-30-05

Photo of construction progress of IPU taken on 2-17-06

Photo of construction progress of IPU taken on 2-17-06

Photo of construction progress of IPU taken on 2-23-06

Photo of construction progress of IPU taken on 2-23-06

Rhonda and Bobbie; Collage presentation in 2007

Rhonda Osborne and Bobbie Curry;
Collage presentation in 2007