Back in 1889, before the discovery of penicillin or the advent of aspirin, Bethesda began serving the St. Louis community by providing care to those unable to care for themselves. Mrs. Elizabeth Hayne opened the Bethesda Home for the Aged with her husband, Roger Hayne, and their friend, Dr. Edward Saunders. They cared for abandoned infants, unwed mothers, and elderly women suffering from the devastating ailments of the day. Mrs. Hayne went on to serve as Bethesda’s first President, a role she later revisited at the age of 84.

Become a Member of the Elizabeth Hayne Society

Just like Elizabeth Hayne herself, members of the Elizabeth Hayne Society are dedicated to the mission of providing all levels of exceptional care to the elderly regardless of their financial resources. Our members make annual cumulative gifts of $1,000 or more, helping to provide direct care to qualified Bethesda seniors who require home health, at-home services, hospice care, or financial assistance to remain in their beloved Bethesda home.

Elizabeth Hayne Society Giving Levels

Caregivers  $1,000-$2,499

Can provide compassionate, end-of-life care for a Bethesda senior in a specialized Hospice suite for 30 days.

Heroes  $2,500-$4,999

Can provide Home Health Care for as many as five Bethesda seniors suffering from a systemic lack of access to healthcare.

Humanitarians  $5,000-$9,999

Can provide humanitarian assistance for up to three Bethesda residents so they may continue living independently in their Bethesda homes.

Angels  $10,000+

Can provide seven chronically unemployed and under employed young adults to develop their career path in senior healthcare at Bethesda.

Benefits of Joining

  • Invitation to annual Elizabeth Hayne Society Luncheon
  • Health screenings and educational events
  • Free flu shot
  • Recognition in Bethesda Annual Report

Become a Member of the Elizabeth Hayne Society Today!

Contact the Bethesda Health Group Foundation with questions at 314-800-1981 or

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