Hospice Choices: VITAS Healthcare Opens in Alabama, Expands in Florida Panhandle

April 17, 2024

VITAS' new service areas are marked on a map of Southern Alabama and upper Florida. The locations are: Mobile-Daphne, Alabama; Dothan, Alabama; and Tallahassee, Florida.
VITAS Healthcare is now serving hospice-eligible patients across Florida’s Panhandle and in Southern Alabama, including in Tallahassee, Daphne-Mobile and Dothan.

TALLAHASSEE, FL—Hospice patients and their families in the Florida Panhandle and areas in Southern Alabama can now access quality end-of-life services with VITAS Healthcare. Starting today, the nation’s largest and leading provider of end-of-life care begins accepting referrals and admitting seriously ill patients throughout Tallahassee in Florida and Daphne-Mobile and Dothan in Alabama.

“At VITAS, we are committed to providing premier end-of-life care to individuals and families across our communities,” said Jennifer Nygaard, VITAS senior vice president of operations. “The addition of these new service areas enables our compassionate care teams to extend their expertise, so patients and their families receive the critical support and comfort they deserve during one of life's most challenging times.”

For more than 45 years, VITAS has delivered innovative, patient-centered hospice services in Florida. Offices in Tallahassee, Daphne-Mobile and Dothan serve as a home base for interdisciplinary teams who provide clinical, emotional and spiritual care for seriously ill patients in their homes, nursing homes, assisted living communities and inpatient care settings.

When patients in the Panhandle region need care beyond what can be managed at home, VITAS offers inpatient hospice care. The cozy facilities offer homelike amenities with 24/7 support until the patient can return home, where they prefer to receive care.

VITAS services for hospice-eligible Florida and Alabama patients include:

Additional therapies and patient-focused programs include:

Since its founding in 1978 in Florida, VITAS has cared for more than 1.5 million patients nationally. As the number of seniors across the nation continues to grow, VITAS is determined to continue expanding access to communities in need of essential end-of-life support.

In March 2024, VITAS entered into an agreement to acquire all hospice operations and an assisted living facility from Covenant Care. Being a similar long-standing, mission-focused provider, VITAS will build upon Covenant’s legacy by following its key values of putting patients and their families and its team members first. Both VITAS and Covenant Care share a commitment and passion to ensuring those in need have access to high-quality, expert healthcare.

VITAS develops deep roots in the communities it joins by partnering with community organizations to help further the mission of providing quality healthcare to all. Care for the community also extends to caregivers and healthcare practitioners. VITAS has plans to offer disease-specific education and support for caregivers, core training for assisted living facilities and mobile hospice education and outreach.

Healthcare professionals can make seamless and secure one-touch referrals through the VITAS Healthcare mobile app. Find interactive hospice eligibility guidelines, advanced prognostication information and calculators and VITAS locations by downloading the award-winning app, available for iOS and Android devices. Referrals are also accepted 24/7 by calling 800.93.VITAS.

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