DaVita’s Patient Pathways Wins Top Honors for Excellence in Discharge Planning

  DaVita’s Patient Pathways Wins Top Honors for Excellence in Discharge

Business Wire

DENVER -- May 15, 2013

DaVita®, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a
leading provider of kidney care services, today announced that the company’s
subsidiary, Patient Pathways^SM, received the Dorland Health “Case In Point”
Platinum Award for best Discharge Planning program in the U.S.

Case In Point is a unique awards program recognizing the most successful and
innovative care management programs working to improve health care.

“This award recognizes the power of strong partnerships between hospitals and
kidney care providers to improve patients’ quality of life and save taxpayer
dollars,” said Rodney White, vice president of Patient Pathways. “We are
honored to receive this prestigious recognition.”

Patient Pathways supplements partnering hospitals’ staff with onsite renal
nurses and patient liaisons who are experts in kidney patient care management
and discharge planning. Founded in 2007, Patient Pathways has improved the
lives of more than 130,000 dialysis patients in more than 350 hospitals

In 2012 alone, the Patient Pathways program reduced renal-related readmission
rates by more than 73 percent and saved partnering hospitals a total of 40,800
bed days and 18,500 acute dialysis treatments. Combined, these efficiencies
reduced the country’s 2012 health care costs by more than $50 million.

The program’s goals include improving the transition from the inpatient to the
outpatient setting; assisting hospital partners with clinically appropriate
reductions in length of stay and readmissions; lowering avoidable acute
dialysis treatments; and enhancing the patient experience and quality of life.

The winners of the Case In Point Platinum Awards were announced May 7, 2013,
at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

DaVita, DaVita HealthCare Partners and Patient Pathways are trademarks,
registered trademarks or service marks 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 March
31, 2013, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 1,991
outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately
156,000 patients. The company also operated 41 outpatient dialysis centers
located in nine 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.


David Tauchen, 303-876-2802
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