July 11, 2011 NEWS RELEASE
DaVita Teammates Donate $20,000 to Joplin Relief Effort
Teammates Pool Money to Help Devastated Missouri Community
Springfield, MO – The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross is pleased to announce that representatives of DaVita, Inc. (NYSE: DVA) a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD), and chronic kidney disease (CKD), presented a check for $20,000 to the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the Red Cross in support of the disaster relief efforts in Joplin, MO.
“During times of great crisis, we rely on the generosity of those who are willing to put their neighbors’ needs before their own. This team from DaVita selflessly supported Joplin’s survivors even though the company doesn’t currently serve the city,” said Greg James, Regional Executive Director of Financial Development of the Red Cross. “This kind of response means the world to us and the survivors of the Joplin disaster.”
At DaVita’s recent “Nationwide” annual meeting, a group of the company’s leaders from Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Utah and Missouri were recognized for achieving a team goal, and part of that recognition included a $100 award for each individual. Those 200 teammates got together and decided that their collective funds would go to better use if they were pooled and donated to a community with an urgent need.
“These DaVita teammates decided on their own – independently of the company – to make this sacrifice to help a community in desperate need,” said Dave Richardson, Divisional Vice President at DaVita. “For me, it’s incredibly inspiring to see their commitment to building and supporting all communities, not just the ones we serve. Our entire company has been energized by their generosity.”
While DaVita does not provide kidney care in Joplin, the company delivers dialysis services in more than 50 locations throughout Missouri.
More than 31 million Americans are affected by CKD, most of whom are unaware they are affected by the disease. The chance that an American adult has CKD is nearly 12 times greater than an American woman’s risk of getting breast cancer. High risk groups include African-Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and seniors (those 60 and over). Primary risk factors include diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease or a family history of these conditions.
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DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services and education to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of Dec. 31, 2010, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 1,612 dialysis facilities, serving approximately 125,000 patients. DaVita develops, participates in and donates to numerous programs dedicated to transforming communities and creating positive, sustainable change for children, families and our environment. The company’s leadership development initiatives and corporate social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu, among others. For more information, please visit http://www.davita.com.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
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