More Than 40 Years of Choosing VITAS
VITAS history celebrates more than 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 in her final months, weeks and days.
We’ve been listening to our patients ever since. Read more about our history and how far we've grown, decade after decade, to become the leading hospice care company in the nation.
Our Four-Decade History of Hospice Leadership
Throughout its more than 40-year history, VITAS employees have watched the company expand into new markets, embrace technology, expand supportive services to meet ever-changing patient needs, and create disease-specific care protocols.
How VITAS Cared for Patients During the AIDS Crisis
What was it like to provide hospice care to patients who were dying from an unknown disease with no known treatments?
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.
The Early Days of VITAS Healthcare
In the 1970s, Hugh Westbrook and Esther Colliflower were teachers at a community college in South Florida. They went on to start the organization that would become VITAS Healthcare. Learn how they did it.
Timeline: How VITAS Has Been a Hospice Care Leader for 40+ Years
VITAS Healthcare's history as a pioneer in the hospice movement is marked by notable achievements and continued growth over the past four decades.
Learn how we've grown to become a leading provider of hospice care to patients and their families in 14 states and Washington, D.C.
Explore Our Timeline