a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a leading
provider of kidney care services, announced that all of its executives -
those at the vice president level and higher - are spending Friday,
January 18, in the company's dialysis centers, serving patients and
supporting fellow teammates.
"'Serving in Center' is designed to be a day for our leadership to
listen, learn and connect with our front line, caregiving teammates,"
said Steve Priest, DaVita's Chief Wisdom Officer. "It's a time for us to
spend time working side-by-side with our teammates so that we can stay
More than 200 DaVita executives, including company Chairman and CEO Kent
Thiry, are serving in clinics from Washington to Florida and New York to
California. While they are not providing direct patient care, all other
duties are on the table. Cleaning, organizing, stocking supplies and
visiting with patients are common clinic duties.
While some might believe that vice presidents at a Fortun 500® company
would find mopping a clinic floor beneath them, Deputy General Counsel
Martha Ha says the opposite is true.
"It's so easy to get caught up in all of the meetings, phone calls,
emails and other work day-to-day that you forget what we do at DaVita -
we give life," Ha said. "I have no doubt that helping my teammates by
cleaning, visiting with a patient, or doing anything else in the clinic
will be the most rewarding thing I've done all week."
DaVita requires all executives to participate in "Reality 101," which
involves taking a one-day course on dialysis and serving one to three
days in a support role in a clinic, within their first year at the
company. "Serving in Center" offers a refresher course for most DaVita
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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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