VITAS Innovative Hospice Care® Honored for Service to Senior Citizens

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- VITAS Innovative Hospice Care®, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, has been recognized for providing exceptional service to people over age 55. VITAS received a Silver Crown Award in the Hospice/Palliative Care category from Dorland Health Group at their annual Silver Crown Awards.

In its award presentation, Dorland Health Group highlighted VITAS’ special initiatives for veterans nearing the end of life, and the company’s efforts to educate diverse and underserved communities about the benefits of hospice care.

“As an advocate for all those nearing the end of life, VITAS continues to develop innovative programs that focus on meeting the needs of all of our patients and their families,” says Tim O’Toole, VITAS chief executive officer. “VITAS hospice professionals work daily to honor patients’ preferences for care at the end of life and to provide them with dignity, comfort and compassion. We are honored by the Dorland Health Silver Crown award recognizing the services we provide.”

The Silver Crown Awards program is designed to recognize organizations and professionals who provide exceptional services, products and information to the over-55 population. Dorland Health Group is a leading publisher and media company providing education, training tools, information resources, guidance and practical advice for practitioners and specialists in the healthcare field.

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care®, a pioneer and leader in the hospice movement since 1978, is the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, VITAS (pronounced VEE-tahs) operates 45 hospice programs in 16 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin). VITAS employs 10,327 professionals who care for terminally ill patients daily, primarily in the patients’ homes, but also in the company’s 32 inpatient hospice units as well as in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities/residential care facilities for the elderly. At the conclusion of the fourth quarter of 2010, VITAS reported an average daily census of 13,080. Visit

Listed on the New York Stock Exchange and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE) operates two wholly owned subsidiaries: VITAS Healthcare and Roto-Rooter.


VITAS Innovative Hospice Care®
Kal Mistry, 305-350-5990
Chief Administrative Officer/Senior Vice President
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Public Relations Editor

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