San Francisco, CA /PRNewswire/ - VITAS Healthcare, the nation's leading provider of end-of-life care, celebrated the opening of its new office in San Francisco on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. This marks the company's third office in the Bay Area, with additional locations in San Mateo and Milpitas.
Intended to accommodate the area's growing senior population (20% of the city's residents are 60 or older, with this population increasing by 18% since 2000) and need for end-of-life care services, the new San Francisco location gives VITAS the capabilities to expand access to the 62% of Medicare beneficiaries underutilizing the hospice benefit in San Francisco County.
Healthcare professionals may contact the San Francisco office at 415.814.1989 for referral information or download the VITAS referral app at VITASapp.com for one-touch referrals, VITAS locations and hospice eligibility guidelines.
"The additional location allows our employees to offer rapid response care at all hours of the day to San Francisco patients," said Russell Williamson, general manager VITAS in San Francisco. "We're committed to providing the highest quality care and service to patients and their families, and know this office will allow us to further address the area's increasing end-of-life care needs."
In addition to expanding its presence in San Francisco, VITAS is introducing virtual reality (VR) headsets to patients in order to bring them comfort during the difficult time of the end of life. The immersive technology enhances the patient experience by decreasing symptom burden while increasing quality of life. The VR technology also offers a unique opportunity for patients to experience things virtually that were previously not possible in a physical sense. For example, to help calm an anxious patient, they can take a virtual walk through a field along a tranquil stream or even journey to Machu Picchu in Peru.
Since its founding over 40 years ago, VITAS has cared for more than 1.5 million patients nationally. Today, VITAS employs nearly 1,100 healthcare and corporate professionals in California who care for more than 3,300 patients daily.
VITAS services for hospice-eligible San Francisco patients include:
Additional therapies and patient-focused programs include:
For more information about VITAS and employment opportunities, call 415.814.1989 or visit VITAS.com/careers.
About VITAS® Healthcare
Established in 1978, VITAS Healthcare is a pioneer and leader in the American hospice movement. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, VITAS (pronounced VEE-tahs) operates 47 hospice programs in 14 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin) and the District of Columbia. VITAS employs 12,078 professionals who care for terminally ill patients daily, primarily in the patients' homes, and also in the company's 28 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 second quarter of 2019, VITAS reported an average daily census of 18,845. Visit www.vitas.com.
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