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
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 (www.chemed.com)
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.
Statements in this press release or in other Chemed communications may
relate to future events or Chemed's future performance. Such statements
are forward-looking statements and are based on present information
Chemed has related to its existing business circumstances. Investors are
cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to inherent
risk that actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking
statements. Further, investors are cautioned that Chemed does not assume
any obligation to update forward-looking statements based on
unanticipated events or changed expectations.
SOURCE: Chemed Corporation
David P. Williams, 513-762-6901