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Peggy Pettit

Executive Vice President

Peggy Petit | VITAS Healthcare

Peggy has nearly 30 years of experience in hospice management and nursing.

She joined VITAS in 1983 as a registered nurse in the Broward County, Florida, program and quickly rose through the ranks, serving as a nurse, team manager, patient care administrator, and general manager.

In the mid-1990s, Peggy served as vice president for all VITAS hospice programs in California before moving to Miami in 1998 as the company’s first vice president for patient & family services. She was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2002—a position she held until 2011, when she assumed her current role.

Peggy has distinguished herself as an advocate for patients and families and as a mentor to VITAS managers, as well as to the nurses and other clinicians on the hospice interdisciplinary teams. She helped shape VITAS’ initial response to the AIDS pandemic affecting adults and children in Sub-Saharan Africa through service on the founding Board of the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA).

In her current role, Peggy is involved with various national relationships such as the National Black Nurses Association, the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), and those listed below. 

Peggy is a longtime member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and serves as co-chair of its Membership Committee. She also is a Board member of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, and was recently named to the Board of Community Home Accreditation Program (CHAP). Peggy also acts as a hospice expert advisor to the Joint Commission, and has worked in the past with the NHPCO Regulatory sub-committee.

Peggy is a Certified Healthcare Compliance Professional.