DaVita Receives Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

  DaVita Receives Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

  Highest Honor for Employer Support of National Guard and Reserve Employees

Business Wire

DENVER -- October 16, 2013

DaVita®, a division of DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a
leading provider of kidney care services, has been awarded the Secretary of
Defense Employer Support Freedom Award in honor of its commitment to
supporting National Guard and Reserve employees. DaVita received the award at
the 18th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony
on Sept. 26, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

“Our commitment is to our community first and a critical part of that is
making sure that we support our National Guard and Reserve teammates,” said
Kent Thiry, CEO of DaVita. “I am honored that we were selected for this award
but even prouder that these individuals choose to work for us.”

The award ceremony was hosted at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington,
D.C. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) formally recognized 15
employers that have been named recipients of this year’s Secretary of Defense
Employer Support Freedom Award. Previous award recipients and Department of
Defense leadership were in attendance, in addition to trade associations and
civilian government leaders.

“This week, we honor members of the National Guard and Reserve who carry that
legacy forward,” said President Barack Obama. “We thank the employers who
support them; and we reaffirm our promise to provide our troops, our veterans
and our military families with the opportunities they have earned.”

The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest honor for employer
support of National Guard and Reserve employees. The 2013 award recipients
represent large and small businesses, as well as public sector agencies. They
have distinguished themselves from a field of nearly 2,900 nominations
submitted by Reserve Component Service members. These employers have gone
above and beyond their legal obligations to military employees, offering
formal and informal initiatives that ensure service members and their families
are taken care of throughout all types of military service. The recipients’
measures of support included creating special hiring programs; providing
personal support to families, such as home maintenance; and continuing full
benefits, salary and additional paid leave options during deployment.

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 June
30, 2013, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 2,010
outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately
159,000 patients. The company also operated 48  outpatient dialysis centers
located in ten 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.

About ESGR:

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office
established in 1972, develops and maintains employer support for Guard and
Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding
support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between
service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging
employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective
and proven leadership to the civilian workforce. On behalf of the Secretary of
Defense, ESGR runs the annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom
Award program. Created in 1996, the Freedom Award has been presented to 175
employers since its inception.

For questions or information on media coverage of the ceremony, please contact
Beth Sherman, ESGR Public Affairs, at 571-372-0705 or by email at
ESGR-PA@osd.mil.

Contact:

DaVita
Kate Wilson Stabrawa, 303-876-7527
kathryn.stabrawa@davita.com
 
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