DaVita Thanks More than 3,200 Social Worker and Dietitian Teammates

  DaVita Thanks More than 3,200 Social Worker and Dietitian Teammates

Social Workers and Dietitians Recognized for Enhancing Patient Quality of Life
                         in Their Critical Care Roles

Business Wire

DENVER -- March 21, 2013

DaVita®, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a
leading provider of kidney care services, thanks its more than 3,200 social
workers and dietitians for their critical efforts in advancing patient care.
The month of March marks both National Social Work Month and National
Nutrition Month and the specialized services that social workers and
dietitians offer in the health care field.

During March, in honor of DaVita social workers and dietitians, the company
holds dozens of meetings to invite social workers and dietitians to come
together and be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the DaVita
“Village” (company).

“Through their endless support and by helping to ease many of the worries
patients and their loved ones face, social workers and dietitians represent
two of the greatest assets a patient has in dialysis,” said Debbie Benner,
vice president of clinical support at DaVita. “We are pleased to recognize
these two invaluable groups of individuals who improve the quality of life for
our dialysis patients each and every day.”

Social workers take holistic care to heart as they listen to and advocate for
each patient’s emotional, psychosocial and physical health. Social workers
help patients help themselves as they adjust to a chronic illness. Teaching
patients about kidney disease and their treatment options–including possible
transplantation–helps patients understand and make informed decisions about
their care. In addition, social workers are instrumental in assisting with
insurance questions and coordinating travel arrangements for patients. Social
workers educate and support patients to help them enjoy a better quality of
life.

Dietitians work regularly with patients to guide their dietary choices and
create healthy meal plans for specific health needs. Chronic kidney disease
requires significant diet modifications, which include monitoring fluids and
key nutritional levels such as sodium, phosphorus and potassium. By educating
patients, dietitians can help patients avoid complications and improve
clinical outcomes.

During the month of March, DaVita dietitians launched the “Connecting our
Village” and “Communities to Better Health” initiatives. DaVita dietitians
will educate more than 35,000 teammates and empower local communities to make
healthy food and lifestyle choices through education in schools, nursing
homes, community centers and libraries.

DaVita and DaVita HealthCare Partners are trademarks or registered trademarks
of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. All other trademarks are the property of
their respective owners.

About DaVita

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 Dec.
31, 2012, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 1,954
outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately
153,000 patients. The company also operated 36 outpatient dialysis centers
located in eight 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 DaVita.com.

Contact:

DaVita
Justin Forbis, 303-876-7496
Justin.Forbis@davita.com
 
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