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VITAS Awarded Florida CON for Jacksonville and Surrounding Counties

CINCINNATI, Feb 25, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Chemed Corporation ("Company") (NYSE:CHE) today announced that its VITAS Healthcare Corporation subsidiary has been awarded a Certificate of Need by the State of Florida to establish a new hospice program in the greater Jacksonville area, which includes the counties of Duval, Nassau, St. Johns, Clay and Baker.

VITAS provides quality compassionate end-of-life care for adult and pediatric patients with a wide range of life-limiting illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and AIDS. VITAS is proud to have been selected to extend their services to the patients and families of the Jacksonville area and the surrounding counties, which represents a population of approximately 1.4 million residents.

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, VITAS operates 45 hospice programs in 15 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin) and the District of Columbia. At year-end 2009, VITAS cared for approximately 12,000 terminally ill patients daily, primarily in the patients' homes, but also in the company's 30 in-patient hospice units as well as in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities/residential care facilities for the elderly. The name, VITAS, is derived from the Latin word for lives. It symbolizes the VITAS mission: To preserve the quality of life for those who have a limited time to live.

Listed on the New York Stock Exchange and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Chemed Corporation ( operates two wholly owned subsidiaries: VITAS Healthcare and Roto-Rooter. VITAS is the nation's largest provider of end-of-life hospice care and Roto-Rooter is the nation's leading provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services.

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SOURCE: Chemed Corporation

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