DaVita Adds Flexible Shifts to Support Working Patients in Houston

  DaVita Adds Flexible Shifts to Support Working Patients in Houston

 Working patients often have better clinical outcomes, higher quality of life

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- June 25, 2013

DaVita®, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a
leading provider of kidney care services, announced new flexible dialysis
treatment shifts in Houston designed with working dialysis patients in mind.

Studies have found that when patients continue working after they go on
dialysis, it can help them feel healthier, happier and more financially
secure. For instance, people on dialysis who keep their jobs generally
experience a lower rate of depression, have fewer hospitalizations and score
higher on general health and vitality tests.

“Having flexibility in my dialysis treatments gives me the freedom I need to
live a happy and healthy lifestyle,” says Julie Spreckelmeyer, a DaVita
dialysis patient who has a full-time job, enjoys fly fishing, and regularly
attends concerts and theater productions. “I was determined, no matter what,
that I wouldn't quit my job or leave my job; I would just have to figure out a
way to do dialysis when I wasn't working.”

In support of helping to keep working patients working, numerous clinics in
the Metroplex – notably Houston, Sugar Land, League City, Brenham, Humble,
Kingwood and College Station – have flexible evening treatment shifts designed
to accommodate working patients. In addition to in-center hemodialysis
treatments, DaVita also supports home modalities, such as home hemodialysis
and peritoneal dialysis, which also allow patients to dialyze on a flexible

“For patients who remain working there are so many advantages – physically,
emotionally and financially,” said Chakilla Robinson-White, DaVita’s vice
president of operations for the Houston Metro area. “At DaVita we’re doing
everything we can to make life a little easier for patients who want to keep
working and maintain their quality of life.”

For more information about living with kidney disease, visit
DaVita.com/WorkingPatients or call 1-888-405-8915. DaVita also offers kidney
disease classes that are open to the community in the Houston area.

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 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.


Vince Hancock, 303-876-6618
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