VITAS Healthcare expands to West Delray

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VITAS Healthcare has a new location in West Delray Beach. The inpatient center is the first hospice inpatient unit the company has build from the ground up.
The second Palm Beach County facility recently opened its doors. The 14,000 square foot facility houses eight beds in a modern, home-like environment that includes a spacious family room and kitchen, a meditation room, and a spa area with an immersion tub and massage therapy room.
Each room is decorated differently to look like a room in a home. The facility is also home to Delray Beach artist Jerry Gotkin’s art work, whose art is catalogued in the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery Library as “The Marjorie and Jerry Gotkin Collection 1965-2007.”
It sits on more than 2 acres, which are landscaped with more than 1,700 native Florida plants, creating a park-like environment that overlooks a tranquility pond.
Patients can receive pet, massage and music therapies on site.
The facility will serve approximately 550 patients each year and create numerous job opportunities in the area, according to officials.