DaVita Awarded Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation for Inpatient Kidney Care Services by The Joint Commission

  DaVita Awarded Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation for Inpatient Kidney
  Care Services by The Joint Commission

     First-ever Recognition Marks Milestone for Safety, Quality Standards

Business Wire

DENVER -- April 29, 2013

DaVita®, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a
leading provider of kidney care services, today announced that DaVita Hospital
Services^SM, the company’s inpatient kidney care services, has received
Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission.

DaVita Hospital Services is the first-ever inpatient kidney care services
provider to receive Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation. DaVita worked with
The Joint Commission to understand the application of Joint Commission
ambulatory standards relevant to efforts to improve safety and quality of
inpatient kidney care and dialysis therapies.

“Simply put, this accreditation makes DaVita the partner of choice for
hospitals,” said Dr. Robert Provenzano, vice president of medical affairs at
DaVita. “These standards will help DaVita assist our hospital partners in risk
management, survey preparedness and enhancements to the quality and safety of
patient care.”

The Joint Commission surveyed more than 175 DaVita inpatient kidney care sites
over the course of two and a half months to determine the validity of the

“We are honored that The Joint Commission's review determined thatDaVita's
standards for inpatient kidney care services set the bar for the
industry,"said Dennis Kogod, COO of DaVita. "We thank our teammates who
helped make this happen and The Joint Commission for its thorough review,
analysis and hard work. We are proud to have earned their seal of

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care
organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission
accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of
quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain
performance standards.

“Accreditation validates DaVita’s commitment to continuous quality improvement
and supports the commitment of their hospital partners to quality and safety
for their patients, staff and community,” said Michael Kulczycki, executive
director, Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission.

DaVita nurses administer inpatient kidney care services in the hospital
setting. Inpatient kidney care services performed by DaVita Hospital Services
include acute hemodialysis for chronic end stage renal patients and those
admitted to the hospital with acute renal failure; peritoneal dialysis for
current dialysis patients as well as patients who are hospitalized with newly
diagnosed kidney failure; apheresis, a therapyto remove a patient's blood and
separate out certain components; ultrafiltration, a therapy that removes
excess salt and water to alleviate fluid overload; and continuous renal
replacement therapy, which is a slower form of dialysis performed over the
course of 24 hours. To learn more about DaVita’s inpatient kidney care
services, visit www.davita.com/quality.

Accreditation was based on a survey of 177 DaVita acute programs, which
included Joint Commission accredited hospitals and other hospitals permitting
The Joint Commission access for purposes of the survey process (a limited
number of hospitals did not permit access).

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.


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