VITAS Healthcare’s Kathleen LaPorte Understands Need For Caring, Compassion
By Kathy Reakes // November 12, 2015
Doctors' Goodwill Foundation Ambassador
ABOVE VIDEO: Kathleen LaPorte, senior general manager of VITAS Healthcare of Brevard, has spent more than 30 years working in hospice services and understands the need for caring, compassion and giving back to the community.
Kathleen LaPorte, senior general manager of VITAS Healthcare of Brevard, has spent more than 30 years working in hospice services and understands the need for caring, compassion and giving back to the community.
And that’s exactly why she and VITAS have supported the Doctor’s Goodwill Foundation (DGF) since 2007. LaPorte said they share DGF’s mission of educating and supporting healthcare workers around the world while making a difference in their local community.
As the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care services, VITAS too is dedicated to ensuring that everyone understands their right to access quality end-of-life care when needed. Through their charitable foundation, monies are raised to help local residents and organizations with financial assistance.
LaPorte says that organizations like the DGF are important because they not only have a global vision to serve others, but a local reach that truly supports our local communities. As an example, DGF has provided more than 11 scholarships for residents pursuing an education in healthcare each year. They have also sponsored free flu vaccines through the Department of Health and help people across the world that fall victim to natural disasters.
She adds that she feels fortunate to work for VITAS, doing what she loves and having the chance to make a difference in so many people’s lives at some of the most difficult times of their lives.
“I’m also proud that VITAS can partner with local organizations, like DGF, to further their mission and allow us to be a contributor to the overall wellbeing of the community,” she added.
SPACE COAST MEDICINE WEEK OCT. 31 – NOV. 8
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation has raised more than $2.5 million in support of charity thanks to the assistance of many generous and giving special people.
Those people, and their spirit of philanthropy, will be recognized and honored on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards, which will be part of the 10-event “Space Coast Medicine Week,” produced annually by Brevard Productions, the event and production sister company of Space Coast Daily Medicine & Active Living magazine.
The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards will be held at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place beginning at 6 p.m. with a meet and greet, followed by the dinner and awards program at 7 p.m.
DGF AMBASSADORS TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:
Dr. Bhavin Patel; Joe and Cindy Hurston; Lisa Cavallero, Sodexo; Dr. Kiran and Gita Modi; Dr. Ramesh Patel; Amar Patel, Brevard Achievement Center; Kyle Smith and Chad Lovitt, Brevard County Manatees; Ronal Morgan; Sean Gregory, Health First; Jonda Erwin; Ginger Davis, Veteran Educator; Drs. Sumant and Snehlata Pandya; Kathy LaPorte, VITAS Healthcare; Liz Mikitarian; Dr. Saravana and Sathi Rajan, Rajan Foundation; Mike Thomas, Florida Pain Institute; Rashmi Shah; Janice Kershaw, Brevard Schools Foundation; Sondra Elizondo, VIDA Volunteers; Robin Fisher and Marta Fiol.
“The entire Doctors Goodwill Foundation board and community feels heartfelt gratitude to the people who contribute their time, resources and compassion to the charitable endeavors that we undertake,” said Dr. Kanti Bhalani, the Founder of the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation.
“The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation can only do what it does, thanks to the love and support that it’s friends provide. We feel it is important to recognize people who give of themselves and that is why we created the Doctors Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards.”
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Stay tuned to SpaceCoastDaily.com and Space Coast Daily Medicine & Active Living magazine for extensive multimedia coverage of each and every honoree, as we present their compelling charitable works through stories and special tribute films by Maverick Multimedia, Inc.
Don’t miss the Dec/Jan 2016 special edition of Space Coast Daily Medicine & Active Living magazine for complete multimedia coverage of the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards – and all the events of “Space Coast Medicine Week.”
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