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40 Years of Choosing VITAS

A collage of images from VITAS history showing caregivers, providers and patients

VITAS is celebrating 40 years of families choosing quality care, dignity and compassion.

In July of 1978, we cared for our first patient by listening. We asked about her pain, her priorities and her desire to stay at home. We’ve been listening to our patients ever since. Read more about our history and how far we've grown over the past four decades to become the leading hospice care company in the nation.


Historical photos show VITAS Healthcare team members caring for patients

Timeline: How VITAS has been a hospice care leader for 40 years

VITAS Healthcare's history as a leader in hospice care is marked by notable achievements and continued growth. Scroll through our 40-year timeline.

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The Freedom Tower is bathed in purple light

Learn why this landmark is significant in VITAS' history.

A National Historic Landmark was illuminated purple to honor VITAS’ four decades of advancing the American hospice hospice movement.

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VITAS team member smiles at a patient in a wheelchair

Read about the early days of VITAS

VITAS began with two teachers who were unafraid to tackle taboo topics: Hugh Westbrook, a Methodist minister, and Esther Colliflower, a nurse, met at Miami-Dade Community College.

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