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Great Company, Great History, Great Opportunities, Time to Reward Field Staff

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

I have been working at Vitas Innovative Hospice Care full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

VITAS has resources and education through the network of offices. There are great opportunities for relocation and promotion across the company.

Cons

There is the industry stereotype regarding the "for-profit" status of VITAS. When employees understand that for profit hospices pay taxes to local infrastructure and do not solicit additional funds in the same way as "non-profits" they can answer the questions. Given that all hospices are reimbursed in the same manner, perhaps all should pay taxes on their income. People confuse their local non-profit hospice for donor funded organizations. Donations to Hospice Foundations could remain the 503c. Non-profits tend to build huge offices and complexes. For-profits work harder to expand services to more clients.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I have wondered what might happen if hospice executives (VITAS and other hospice executives) participated in Undercover Boss. Given compassion, more attention might be given to training, to rewarding education, financial incentives given for certifications earned by nurses for hospice and palliative care. Chaplains would be encouraged Board Certification as an industry standard and paid accordingly. Incentives for additional degrees earned within ones own discipline would also be a healthy way to remain leaders in the industry. Also VITAS corporation could finance more scholarships for their FHSSA African hospice leaders from the various programs. There are innumerable benefits to high level executives and also to local marketing reps. More team development, incentives and rewards will help to engage the field staff raising the standards of care to patients and families. Great sums of money are spent on marketing to "tell the VITAS story". More effort and funds should be spent on the staff to make the VITAS stories each day taking care of patients and family members

Neutral Outlook

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    The most stressful, mismanged, uncaring hospice that I have ever worked with in my life.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HOSPICE Representative in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - HOSPICE Representative in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Vitas Innovative Hospice Care full-time

    Pros

    You really have to dig deep here. It's sad when the only pro is the money.

    Cons

    The Managers are poorly trained in all aspects. If you are not a seasoned hospice nurse & do not have the stamina of a 25 yr old this job is not for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A good manager is one who will get out in the field & show the nurses & aides that they are not afraid to break a sweat! Never leave your nurses floundering in the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    VITAS Innovative Hospice ... a Great Service to its Patients and Treats Employees like Family

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Salle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Salle, IL

    I have been working at Vitas Innovative Hospice Care full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    VITAS Innovative Hospice Care is a corporation which started very modestly in Florida and has expanded across America. Sometimes there are some growing pains and stress with growth, but overall it works. I have worked for other hospices, and this one gets it right! Patients and their families do come first!

    Cons

    As with any employment, it's the team you work with that determines how much you enjoy or do not enjoy your time at work. Thankfully at VITAS Hospice in LaSalle, our team cares about each other!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Celebrate and reward the great team you have already, more! Team building / bonding means less cost in money and time to hire and train new individuals. Give more bonuses, more luncheons at team, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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