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VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, will begin accepting hospice-appropriate patients in Lake and Sumter counties starting January 2, 2018. Healthcare professionals may contact the Eustis office at (352) 589-0927 for information leading up to the official opening.
“We are ready to expand access to hospice and palliative care services for the Lake-Sumter community, so patients and caregivers have the physical, emotional, social and spiritual support they need at the end-of-life,” said Jillian Madsen, RN, General Manager for VITAS Healthcare in Lake and Sumter counties. Madsen is a resident of Lake County and was a valuable member of VITAS’ Maitland office for more than 20 years before she was given the opportunity to lead the new Lake-Sumter location.
With almost 40 years of hospice experience, VITAS Healthcare has the tools and resources needed to improve the quality of life for those near the end of life. VITAS offers unique hospice services across the country in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Services include using palliative chemotherapy and radiation to optimize pain and symptom management and a palliative care program for patients with terminal cancer. Another offering is VITAS’ Cardiac Care Program, which provides patients with end-stage heart failure and other cardiac conditions access to evidence-based cardiac care alongside holistic end-of-life care.
“VITAS leads the way in the development of hospice and palliative care to improve the quality of life for patients and their families through compassion, clinical expertise, strength and guidance,” said Nick Westfall, CEO of VITAS Healthcare. “We are dedicated to providing patient-centered care that aligns with their wishes and values.”
VITAS services available for hospice-appropriate patients starting on January 2:
Additional therapies and patient-focused programs:
The first of two VITAS offices planned to serve Lake and Sumter counties is located at 127 North Bay Street, Suite 200, Eustis, FL 32726. A second office will open in Sumter County in 2019.
For more information about VITAS services and employment opportunities, call (352) 589-0927 or visit VITAS.com.
About VITAS Healthcare
VITAS® Healthcare, 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 44 hospice programs in 14 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin) and the District of Columbia. VITAS employs 11,621 professionals who care for terminally ill patients daily, primarily in the patients’ homes, but also in the company’s 29 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 third quarter of 2017, VITAS reported an average daily census of 16,726. Visit www.vitas.com.
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