Hospice Provider Joins FirstNet as Extended Primary User
Monday, March 02, 2020 | Comments

VITAS Healthcare, a provider of end-of-life care, is the first approved hospice provider to be connected to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) nationwide public-safety broadband network. The company's access to FirstNet enables VITAS employees to use the highly secure and reliable communications tool for patient care and assistance while in the field.

VITAS was selected to join FirstNet and use services because of the support the company provides to hospitals for both patient care and emergency preparedness. VITAS serves as an extended primary user, an organization or agency that could be called on during an emergency response to help support public safety. Eligibility for extended primary user status is rigorously reviewed before service is approved to help ensure that FirstNet's unique capabilities remain dedicated to first responders and those who support them.

"We are honored to join FirstNet and be given the opportunity to serve our patients quickly, efficiently and securely," said Nick Westfall, president and CEO of VITAS. "We applaud AT&T for the development of this innovative program and dedication to public safety."

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