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DaVita Reports on 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Progress

Commitment to Patient Care, Sustainability and Goodwill Continues to Grow

DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita Inc. DVA +0.53% and a leading provider of kidney care services, today announced the release of its 2013 Community Care report , which highlights progress on key initiatives supporting the company’s vision for corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The report, available at , outlines DaVita’s approach for CSR, called the Trilogy of Care: Caring for Our Patients, Caring for Each Other and Caring for Our World. This approach is what drives industry-leading clinical outcomes, multiple goodwill initiatives and a robust environmental commitment. Highlights from the 2013 report include the following.

Caring for Our Patients

DaVita continues to lead the dialysis industry in clinical outcomes with an integrated care model that addresses the holistic needs of patients – beyond dialysis treatment – to improve their quality of life.

  • VillageHealth partners with patients, physicians, health care professionals and payers to provide integrated care management for those with kidney disease.

  • DaVita Rx® is a full-service renal care pharmacy that helps patients adhere to their drug regimen and includes 24-hour access to specially trained pharmacists, refill reminders, flexible payment options and free delivery. Patients who use DaVita Rx spend 14 percent fewer days in the hospital and are 21 percent more likely to live longer than patients who do not use DaVita Rx.

  • DaVita’s CathAway™ program transitions patients from catheters to fistulas, reducing the risk of infection and blood clots. In 2013, DaVita achieved an all-time low catheter rate of 13 percent.

  • DaVita’s IMPACT™ program focuses on the crucial first 90 days of dialysis, and the program is improving outcomes and reducing mortality rates.

  • DaVita Clinical Research is one of the largest kidney-research networks in the U.S., specializing in Phase 1 trials and health economics. More than 14 billion data points have been collected in over 160,000 patients.

  • DaVita’s patient influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination rates both reached a record-high 92 percent in 2013.

  • DaVita’s Kidney Smart® program aims to give people with chronic kidney disease the information they need to make healthy choices and make decisions around important issues like whether to continue working. More than 17,700 people have been educated through the program.

  • DaVita’s Lifeline Vascular Access® program is dedicated to delivering quality vascular care to patients with a variety of chronic conditions, including those with end stage renal disease. Through this program, physicians have performed more than 725,000 procedures with a 98 percent success rate.

“We continue to raise the bar for patient care and clinical outcomes,” said Kent Thiry, chairman and CEO of DaVita. “We also encourage dialysis patients to educate themselves about ways to stay active, engaged and employed by offering some of the most comprehensive online tools for managing kidney disease.”

These tools include , DaVita Health Portal , DaVita Diet Helper™ , DaVita Recipe Collection , Kidney Smart Classes , , GFR Calculator andKidney Disease Risk Quiz .

Caring for Each Other

DaVita continues to create a culture of happiness, health awareness and continuous improvement through initiatives that build leaders and support teammates.

  • In 2013, more than 9,700 teammates benefited from the various award-winning curricula offered through DaVita University – a robust multi-tiered leadership-development program that helps teammates become stronger citizens within DaVita, at home and in their communities.

  • The Redwoods Leadership Development Program – recognized by top undergraduate and business schools around the country – has supported the careers of more than 620 DaVita teammates.

  • Each year, DaVita honors more than 1,800 veteran teammates during its annual Veteran’s Day celebrations across the country.

  • In 2013, DaVita was recognized for its military-friendly support by earning 11 awards, including the Freedom Award, the Department of Defense’s highest military-friendly employer award.

  • The DaVita Village Network allows teammates to help each other through financial contributions during times of crisis, such as a natural disaster, accident or illness. The program has donated more than $2.4 million since 2007.

  • The Village Vitality program offers teammates multiple tools for making healthy choices, creating and sustaining a culture of health awareness and improvement for more than 30,000 teammates and family members.

  • The DaVita Children’s Foundation and KT Family Foundation have provided more than $1.6 million in scholarships to 807 students – children and grandchildren of DaVita teammates – who excel in leadership, community service and academics.

Caring for Our World

DaVita chooses not only to reside in its communities, but to act as citizens of those communities, giving back through philanthropy, community service and sustainability.

  • Since 2006, Bridge of Life – a program of DaVita Village Trust – has trained more than 450 kidney care professionals, installed or repaired 257 dialysis machines and provided the gift of life to 1,400 people around the world. The combined programs of The Kidney TRUST and Bridge of Life allow DaVita Village Trust to provide a full range of kidney care services including no-cost kidney screening programs within the U.S. and abroad.

  • Through the 2013 DaVita Way of Giving campaign, teammates at 1,100 dialysis centers chose to donate $1.2 million to more than 760 nonprofit organizations across the U.S.

  • Since 2007, Tour DaVita® – an annual 250-mile bicycle ride to raise awareness about kidney disease – has raised more than $5 million to fight kidney disease.

  • In 2013, the KT Community Foundation awarded its 100th grant and has funded more than $312,000 toward teammate-driven community-building projects.

  • Since 2006, DaVita teammates, family and friends have volunteered more than 59,000 hours through 974 Village Service Days (community service projects) to improve the communities where they live.

  • In 2013, DaVita teammates provided 12,915 pairs of new shoes to children in 167 schools nationwide through a partnership with Shoes That Fit.

  • Since 2010, DaVita has reduced energy consumption in targeted pilot areas by 14 percent per treatment through the installation of energy management systems.

  • DaVita has driven a 14 percent reduction in water usage, projecting a savings of 350 million gallons of water per year due to operational changes.

  • Through DaVita’s environmentally preferable procurement efforts, approximately 450 facilities recycled solid waste, diverting 7.8 million pounds from landfills in 2013.

To learn more about DaVita’s approach to corporate social responsibility, please .

About DaVita Kidney Care DaVita Kidney Care is a division of DaVita 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 dialysis services in the United States, DaVita Kidney Care treats patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita Kidney Care 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, 2014, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,098 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 165,000 patients. The company also operated 75 outpatient dialysis centers located in 10 countries outside the United States. DaVita Kidney Care 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 .

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