a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a leading
provider of kidney care services, announced holiday travel tips for
"We want dialysis patients to know that traveling around the holidays
doesn't have to be scary or intimidating and that DaVita teammates are
here to help," said MaryCatherine Graves, director of Guest Services at
DaVita. "In fact, in 2011 our Guest Services team helped more than
50,000 people plan dialysis treatments for personal and business travel
in the United States and abroad."
As holiday travel increases, DaVita offers the following travel tips for
dialysis patients who dialyze in-center, at home and with peritoneal
1. Talk to your doctor, nurse and social worker to let them know
about your plans. They will be able to give you important
information for your trip. Write down any questions or concerns you may
have prior to your conversation.
2. Call your insurance carrier to find out what expenses are covered. Insurance
consultations are available at no charge from DaVita insurance
specialists. You can request an insurance
consultation online or call DaVita Guest Services at 1-80-244-0680.
a dialysis center close to your hotel or vacation home. Whether
you dialyze in-center, at home or with peritoneal dialysis, you should
locate a dialysis center in the city you are visiting. It is very
important to know where to go in case you need help or forget something.
4. Pack your medical information in your carry-on luggage and bring
it with you to dialysis. You, your nurse or social worker may fax
your dialysis records to the visiting DaVita center ahead of time. Most
dialysis centers will need information about your health, including your
medical records and recent lab reports; an EKG and chest x-ray; your
dialysis prescription; recent treatment records; dialysis access type;
insurance information; a list of the medications you take; and your
local phone number and contact information in the city you are visiting.
5. Bring along extra medication in case you get delayed while
The DaVita Guest Services team provides dialysis-related travel
assistance to both DaVita and non-DaVita dialysis patients at no cost.
Patients can contact a DaVita Guest Services specialist for
dialysis-related travel assistance at 1-800-244-0680 or by visiting DaVita.com/travel
for more information.
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 September 30, 2012, DaVita
operated or provided administrative services at 1,912 outpatient
dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately
150,000 patients. The company also operated 24 outpatient dialysis
centers located in five 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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