Pettit Caps Remarkable 40-Year Career With VITAS Healthcare

Leaves a Legacy of Compassionate Care in the Hospice Community

December 29, 2023

MIAMI, FL – VITAS Healthcare is bidding a heartfelt farewell to one of its most esteemed and dedicated professionals, Peggy Pettit, RN, who retired at the end of December 2023. Pettit’s four decades of unwavering commitment to VITAS and the hospice community have left an indelible mark, impacting countless lives and embodying the true spirit of compassionate care.

Peggy Pettit

Peggy Pettit, RN, served many roles at VITAS Healthcare including as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Pettit's journey with VITAS began in 1983 when she joined the organization as a registered nurse. Her passion for hospice care was evident from the start, as she embraced the company's mission to provide comfort, dignity and peace to patients facing life-limiting illnesses. Pettit’s growth within the organization is a testament to her dedication and the nurturing environment that VITAS provides for its employees.

Throughout her illustrious career, Pettit has taken on various roles and responsibilities within VITAS. From her early days as a compassionate bedside nurse to assuming leadership positions—patient care administrator, general manager and vice president, chief operations and executive vice president roles—Pettit's journey has been marked by a tireless pursuit of excellence in delivering hospice care.

Pettit has been a driving force behind several important initiatives within VITAS, setting many standards for the nation’s leading hospice care provider, including:

Additionally, Pettit has supported the hospice and healthcare community through leadership across several boards and organizations. She actively chairs both the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association and the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association.

Working in hospice care has been a calling for me ... It has been a privilege to be part of an organization that values compassion and dignity at its core.

Reflecting on her remarkable journey, Pettit stated, "Working in hospice care has been a calling for me, and I am grateful for the opportunities VITAS has provided to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. It has been a privilege to be part of an organization that values compassion and dignity at its core. I could not have asked for a more fulfilling experience."

VITAS President and CEO Nick Westfall expressed his deep appreciation for Pettit's exceptional contributions, stating, "In an industry guided by empathy and service, Peggy’s impact extends beyond the office and into the hearts of those she has served. Her story is a testament to the meaningful careers that dedicated individuals can build within the hospice community. We wish Peggy a retirement filled with joy, relaxation and fulfillment from a career well-lived."

As Pettit takes this well-deserved step into retirement, the entire VITAS family, its national partners and the hospice community at large join hands in thanking her for four decades of selfless service and wishing her the utmost happiness in the next chapter of her life. Pettit's impact will continue to resonate, inspiring future generations of healthcare professionals dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those most vulnerable.

Two people posed in front of an NBNA banner

Peggy with former NBNA President Dr. Eric J. Williams

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Peggy at her nurse pinning ceremony; at right, Peggy with VITAS co-founder Esther Colliflower

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