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VITAS Healthcare Selects The Institute of Consultative Bioethics’ (ICB) EthAssist Learning Content Management System

November 11, 2014

Pittsburgh, PA - 11 November 2014:  The Institute of Consultative Bioethics (ICB) announced today that VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, selected the EthAssist™ learning content management system (LCMS) to deliver professional education and training programs to its employees nationally.

EthAssist LCMS is a patent pending e-knowledge solution that integrates external regulatory and reporting requirements with client policies and standards to provide customized training and on-the-job decision support for complex operating environments.  VITAS, which has more than 11,000 employees in facilities across 16 states, expects that more than 3,000 employees will begin using the system by the end of 2015. The company also plans to utilize EthAssist as part of its ongoing compliance training.

“VITAS evaluated several learning management systems and selected EthAssist because it can be efficiently customized to meet the needs of our diverse, expansive work force and enable us to standardize and disseminate our training programs across the country,” said VITAS Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Kal Mistry. “As our company continues to grow nationwide in response to an increasing demand for our quality hospice services, we will achieve great value from the company-wide e-learning environment provided by EthAssist.”

About ICB

The Institute of Consultative Bioethics (ICB) is a western Pennsylvania-based knowledge transfer company that designed and developed EthAssist™, a first-to-market software product that delivers mission-critical bioethics knowledge into life science, healthcare and educational organizations that do not possess appropriately credentialed bioethics staff members, or who are looking to creatively convey education and training in a non-traditional, cost-saving manner. EthAssist includes a knowledge database and workflow applications as well as a robust methodology for conducting ethics consultations and audits; policy, process and technology-based systems development and implementation services; education and training; and bioethics decision support.  For more information, visit

About VITAS Healthcare

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