VITAS Innovative Hospice Care®, a pioneer and leader in the hospice movement since 1978, is the nation's largest provider of end-of-life care. Our name is derived from the Latin word for “lives” and symbolizes the VITAS mission: to preserve the quality of life for those who have a limited time to live.
Headquartered in Miami, Florida, VITAS (pronounced VEE-tahs) operates 52 hospice programs in 18 states and the District of Columbia.
VITAS has enjoyed dynamic growth since its founding as a volunteer organization by a United Methodist minister and an oncology nurse. Today, VITAS employs 9,000 professionals who care for terminally ill patients daily—primarily in the patients' homes, but also in the company's inpatient hospice units as well as in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities/residential care facilities. VITAS team members include registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, home health aides, physicians, social workers, chaplains and other caregiving professionals.