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Joel Wherley

Chief Operating Officer

Joel Wherley | VITAS Healthcare

Joel Wherley is Chief Operating Officer of VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care. Joel oversees operations of the company’s 44 hospice programs in 14 states, which care for more than 16,300 hospice patients and their families on a daily basis.

Joel has over 30 years of experience in healthcare sales and operations management, eight of them in hospice. He joined VITAS in 2016 as senior vice president of hospice operations, where he led daily operations for VITAS programs in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Texas. Joel has served in executive level positions at several healthcare companies. Prior to joining VITAS, Joel served as Division Vice President at Hospice Advantage. Prior to that, he served as North Central Region Vice President at Gentiva Healthcare.

Joel earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and organizational design from the University of Illinois at Springfield.