DaVita Receives Freedom Award, U.S. Government’s Highest Military-Friendly
Honor for Employers
Award recognizes employers who provide outstanding support to Guard and
DENVER -- June 25, 2013
DaVita®, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a
leading provider of kidney care services, learned today that it has received
the prestigious Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
Presented annually by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) arm
of the Department of Defense, the Freedom Award recognizes employers for
outstanding support of employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. It is the
highest military-friendly award presented by the U.S. government.
“We are privileged to have more than 1,700 reservists, members of the Guard,
military veterans and military spouses as part of the DaVita community,” said
Kent Thiry, chairman and CEO of DaVita HealthCare Partners^SM. “They make our
company and our country stronger and better. It’s an honor to support them in
every way we can.”
The path to the Freedom Award begins with a nomination by either a member of
the Guard or a Reservist employed by the nominee, or by a family member acting
on the Guard or Reservist’s behalf. According to the ESGR, Freedom Award
recipients demonstrate exceptional support for military employees, including
offering flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment and leaves
of absence if needed.
In addition to those benefits, DaVita supports mobilized military teammates
with continued health care coverage, up to $5,000 in financial assistance each
year, and options for paid military leave.
“I’ve never been asked to choose between serving my country through the Air
National Guard and serving DaVita, its teammates and patients,” said Major
Michael Freimann, assistant general counsel at DaVita and judge advocate
general (JAG) for the Colorado Air National Guard. “I can’t imagine working
for a more thoughtful, patriotic company.”
Nearly 3,000 employers were nominated for a Freedom Award this year. An awards
committee composed of senior Department of Defense officials, business leaders
and prior honorees selected just 15 companies to receive a 2013 award. DaVita
is one of only two Colorado employers to receive the Freedom Award this year.
Since 1996, only 175 employers have received the Freedom Award. Companies can
win the Freedom Award only once and must first earn the ESGR Patriot award to
be eligible for consideration. DaVita has received six ESGR awards, including
two Patriot Awards, two Above and Beyond Awards and a Pro Patria Award.
DaVita also received the 2013 award for Best Military Recruiting Program from
ERE Media and was recognized this year with Top 100 Military Friendly Employer
and 2013 Top 100 Military Friendly Spouse Employer awards from G.I. Jobs, a
Most Valuable Employers award from CivilianJobs.com and a “Best for Vets”
award from Military Times EDGE. To learn more about DaVita’s awards and
recognition in this area, visit DaVita.com/About/Awards. To learn more about
how DaVita supports military members and veterans, visit
DaVita leadership and military teammates will accept the Freedom Award in
Washington, D.C., in September.
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.
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.
Ginger Pelz, 303-876-6611
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