Chemed Corporation (Chemed) purchases, operates and divests subsidiaries engaged in diverse business activities. During the year ended December 31, 2012, Chemed operated in two segments: the Vitas segment (Vitas) and the Roto-Rooter segment (Roto-Rooter). Vitas Healthcare Corporation focuses on hospice care, which helps make terminally ill patients' final days as comfortable as possible. Through its team of doctors, nurses, home health aides, social workers, clergy and volunteers, VITAS provides direct medical services to patients, as well as spiritual and emotional counseling to both patients and their families. Roto-Rooter provides plumbing and drain cleaning services to both residential and commercial customers. Its VITAS Healthcare Corporation (VITAS) subsidiary has acquired the operating assets of Houston-based Solari Hospice Care, effective April 1, 2013.