Senior General Manager - Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties
Betty joined VITAS in 2003 as a patient care administrator in the Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties location. She was promoted to senior patient care administrator in 2005 and to Senior GM in 2007. In these positions, she provided oversight for patient care teams and services, assisted patient care teams in developing palliative care measures for pain and symptom management, and offered mentoring and staff training. She was named to the 2004 VITAS Leadership Council, a select group of top-performing managers and patient advocates who embody VITAS’ mission and values.
“Betty is an excellent leader who is passionate about hospice. She extends that enthusiasm to our staff, who in turn extend it to our patients and their families,” says Dian Backoff, vice president of operations. “Her management skills, combined with her nursing and excellent people skills make her a natural for this role.”
Betty was born in Cuba and came to the United States with her family in 1962 when she was seven years old. She received an RN degree from Miami-Dade Community College in 1974 and began her nursing career at Hialeah Hospital, where she became head nurse of a 14-bed intensive care unit. She subsequently spent 16 years in home health care, as a nurse, administrator and agency owner.
Betty earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health services administration from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.