VITAS Appoints Denis Bouvier, D.O., as Medical Director in San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO – Feb. 17, 2015 – VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, recently announced that Denis Bouvier, D.O., has been appointed Medical Director in San Francisco.

Board certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine, Dr. Bouvier has 30 years of medical experience and 20 years of experience working in community-based hospice programs. In addition to his current work at VITAS, Dr. Bouvier also works as a consultant at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, where he specializes in palliative care and medical ethics. Earlier in his career at St. Mary’s, he served as medical director for its AIDS hospice unit. Prior to that, he served as a general medicine physician for Kaiser Permanente’s urgent care clinic in San Francisco. He also served as medical director at Pathways Hospice in South San Francisco.

“I am grateful to join a healthcare company that understands the absolute importance of putting patients first,” Dr. Bouvier said. “I look forward to working as part of the VITAS team and providing patients with the high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care that VITAS is known to provide.”

Added Senior General Manager Lisa Cooper: “Dr. Bouvier brings three decades of clinical experience and has dedicated the past 20 years of his career to caring for hospice patients. He is well-respected in his field and is a valuable asset to our team.”

Dr. Bouvier earned a bachelor’s degree in 1974 from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and a medical degree in 1984 from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash.

VITAS Healthcare, a pioneer and leader in the hospice movement since 1978, is the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care. With headquarters in Miami, VITAS (pronounced VEE-tahs) operates 49 hospice programs in 16 states and the District of Columbia, including: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. VITAS employs 11,438 professionals who care for terminally ill patients daily, primarily in the patients’ homes, but also in the company’s 34 inpatient hospice units as well as in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities/residential care facilities for the elderly. At the conclusion of the third quarter of 2014, VITAS reported an average daily census of 14,766. VITAS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE), which also operates Roto-Rooter, another wholly owned subsidiary. For more information, visit

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