DaVita Celebrates Giving Back in 2012
Company’s Success Goes Hand in Hand with Supporting Communities it Serves
DENVER -- December 27, 2012
DaVita, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a
leading provider of kidney care services, today celebrated its partnerships
with the communities it served in 2012.
“At DaVita, we take our responsibilities – to our patients, to each other and
to our communities – very seriously,” said Kent Thiry, DaVita HealthCare
Partners® chairman and CEO. “This has been an incredible year for us
clinically, as a business, and just as importantly, as a community partner
working to make the world a little bit better.”
With a commitment to being the “Provider, Partner and Employer of Choice,”
DaVita® received a number of awards in 2012, including recognition as one of
the world’s most democratic companies by WorldBlu®. DaVita was the only health
care company and the only FORTUNE 500® company on the 2012 list. DaVita was
also recognized in 2012 as one of the nation’s top five most “likeable
businesses” and was included in FORTUNE® magazine’s most admired companies
list for 2012.
“Community First, Company Second”
One of DaVita’s most cherished principles is that DaVita is “a community
first, and a company second.” Employees are known as teammates or citizens,
and the company itself is internally referred to as “The Village,” operating
with seven core values – service excellence, integrity, team, continuous
improvement, accountability, fulfillment and fun. DaVita encourages its
teammates to support each other and their communities, sending “ripples of
citizen leadership” out into the world through every act of service.
*DaVita Village Network – The DaVita Village Network is a DaVita community
fund supported by both teammate and corporate contributions that provides
financial assistance to teammates (or their immediate dependents) for
out-of-pocket expenses during times of crisis such as a natural disaster,
life-threatening emergency, unexpected medical or funeral expenses, or
financial hardships as a result of military deployment. Since its
inception, the DaVita Village Network has provided more than $2.1 million
to teammates in times of need.
*Denver Public Schools Outreach – DaVita University, a continuing education
and leadership program, offers a variety of classes related to team
building, management and leadership. In 2012, DaVita University partnered
with Denver Public Schools (DPS) to offer 21 leadership development and
team-building programs for 1,793 leaders, principals, teachers and staff
within Denver schools. Contributing a total of 3,951 hours, DaVita
teammates also provided support as DPS developed shared core values.
Chronic Kidney Disease Awareness
More than 20 million people over the age of 20 in the U.S. have kidney
disease, most of whom are unaware they are affected by the disease. High-risk
groups include African-Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native
Americans and seniors (those 60 and over). One of DaVita’s goals is to bring
awareness to this life-threatening disease through unique community events.
*DaVita Kidney Rock Walk^TM – More than 1,200 people participated in the
DaVita Kidney Rock™ event in August, helping to raise an estimated
$500,000 for Bridge of Life – Medical Missions™, which brings life-saving
dialysis treatments to developing countries by supporting the creation of
self-sustaining clinics. Hundreds of attendees also received kidney
disease screenings from The Kidney TRUST.
*Tour DaVita ® - DaVita’s annual charity bike ride, Tour DaVita, raised
$900,000 to support Bridge of Life ^ in 2012. The proceeds from Tour
DaVita will help fund nine medical missions taking place in 2013 where
Bridge of Life volunteers will be able to install or repair 112 dialysis
machines. Through these missions, Bridge of Life will bring dialysis
treatment to more than 600 people in communities that otherwise would not
have access to this life-sustaining care.
DaVita is committed to innovative engagement as citizens of local communities,
empowering nonprofit organizations to become leaders in health, education,
business and community transformation. DaVita supports local organizations
that are making a significant impact in people’s lives.
*DaVita Way of Giving – For the second year, DaVita supported “DaVita Way
of Giving” (DWOG) – a million-dollar giveaway to charities across the
U.S., in which recipients are selected by clinic teammates. More than
1,900 DaVita clinics had the opportunity to come together and donate their
time and money to local charities of their choice. These sponsorships stem
from years of continued service by teammates and often include
community-service projects known as “Village Service Days.”
*Corporate Charitable Giving – DaVita also continued its traditional
support of local charities across the nation by giving away more than $2.8
million. DaVita supports a comprehensive approach to giving involving
monetary donations, board leadership and community service. For example,
DaVita’s headquarters supported Project Angel Heart (PAH) by serving as
their $25,000 title sponsor for “Taste for Life,” an annual event that
raises money for PAH’s mission of delivering nutritious meals to improve
quality of life – at no cost – for those coping with life-threatening
illness. Teammates also volunteered more than 500 hours in the kitchen,
personally delivered meals and decorated 1,000 food-delivery bags.
This year was DaVita’s best year ever for teammate volunteerism through
“Village Service Days.” Village Service Days include any community service
performed by three or more teammates at or on behalf of DaVita. Over the past
several years, teammates and their friends around the country have launched a
variety of local community-service projects. Between January 1 and December
15, 2012, DaVita teammates participated in more than 200 Village Service Days,
involving more than 7,000 teammates and more than 11,000 hours of service.
*Shoes That Fit – Working with charity partner Shoes That Fit, DaVita
citizens at the company’s business office in Irvine, Calif., along with
field teammates across Southern California, donated 1,030 pairs of shoes
to elementary school children. Every child at Lincoln Elementary School in
Santa Ana – where 92 percent of the students are on free or reduced lunch
and about 100 are homeless – received a new pair of athletic shoes. DaVita
citizens collected these shoes (and 1,030 pairs of socks) in just two
weeks so that the children would have new shoes for Spring Break.
*Sun Valley Youth Center – As part of an annual leadership retreat,
DaVita’s most senior operational leaders spent a day helping to
rehabilitate Sun Valley Youth Center in Denver by cleaning and entirely
re-landscaping the center’s grounds. Sun Valley Youth Center provides day
care, after-school care, youth development, mentoring and life essentials
programs to youth in one of Denver’s lowest-income neighborhoods. DaVita
senior leaders have planned a multi-year volunteer project with Sun Valley
to support the center’s work.
*DaVita HQ Expected to Receive LEED® Gold Rating – DaVita expects to
receive LEED® Gold certification of its world headquarters building,
designed with environmentally responsible materials and energy efficient
systems, from the use of 2,850 linear feet of beetle kill wood to water
efficiency that saves more than 1 million gallons of water each year.
Flooring throughout the building is comprised of pre- and post-consumer
recycled materials; more than 90 percent of teammates have direct views to
the outdoors; and 100 percent of permanent teammates receive complimentary
RTD EcoPasses. DaVita also diverts more than 85 percent of materials from
landfills through internal composting and recycling efforts. In addition,
DaVita was recognized as an “EPA Green Power Partner” by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency.
*Corporate Environmental Goals – DaVita’s Village Green department is
committed to reducing the Village’s environmental footprint while striving
to achieve five environmental goals by 2015:
*Reduce energy consumption by 15 percent
*Reduce office paper consumption by 20 percent and operate paperless
*Reduce water consumption by 10 percent
*Increase environmentally preferable procurement by 15 percent
*Increase teammate awareness/education by implementing one new program
*DaVita Jumps in Newsweek’s U.S. Green Ranking List – Newsweek’s 2012 U.S.
Green Ranking List placed DaVita at number 209, up 33 spots from 2011.
Newsweek U.S. Green Rankings highlight the top 500 companies in America
for leadership in environmental performance. This is the fourth year
Newsweek has compiled its green rankings; DaVita has been ranked each year
For more information about DaVita’s social responsibility practices, please
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DaVita is the dialysis division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune
500® company that, through its operating divisions, provides a variety of
health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and
abroad. A leading provider of kidney care in the United States, DaVita
delivers dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end
stage renal disease. DaVita strives to improve patients’ quality of life by
innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans,
personalized care teams and convenient health-management services. As of
September 30, 2012, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at
1,912 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving
approximately 150,000 patients. The company also operated 24 outpatient
dialysis centers located in five countries outside the United States. DaVita
supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change
in communities around the world. The company’s leadership development
initiatives and social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune,
Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu. For more information, please visit
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