DENVER—DaVita celebrated its partnerships with the communities it served in 2012.
“At DaVita, we take our responsibilities – to our patients, to each other and to our communities – very seriously,” said Kent Thiry, DaVita HealthCare Partners chairman and CEO. “This has been an incredible year for us clinically, as a business, and just as importantly, as a community partner working to make the world a little bit better.”
With a commitment to being the “Provider, Partner and Employer of Choice,” DaVita received a number of awards in 2012, including recognition as one of the world’s most democratic companies by WorldBlu. DaVita was the only health care company and the only FORTUNE 500 company on the 2012 list. DaVita was also recognized in 2012 as one of the nation’s top five most “likeable businesses” and was included in FORTUNE magazine’s most admired companies list for 2012.
“Community First, Company Second”
One of DaVita’s most cherished principles is that DaVita is “a community first, and a company second.” Employees are known as teammates or citizens, and the company itself is internally referred to as “The Village,” operating with seven core values – service excellence, integrity, team, continuous improvement, accountability, fulfillment and fun. DaVita encourages its teammates to support each other and their communities, sending “ripples of citizen leadership” out into the world through every act of service.
- DaVita Village Network – The DaVita Village Network is a DaVita community fund supported by both teammate and corporate contributions that provides financial assistance to teammates (or their immediate dependents) for out-of-pocket expenses during times of crisis such as a natural disaster, life-threatening emergency, unexpected medical or funeral expenses, or financial hardships as a result of military deployment. Since its inception, the DaVita Village Network has provided more than $2.1 million to teammates in times of need.
- Denver Public Schools Outreach – DaVita University, a continuing education and leadership program, offers a variety of classes related to team building, management and leadership. In 2012, DaVita University partnered with Denver Public Schools (DPS) to offer 21 leadership development and team-building programs for 1,793 leaders, principals, teachers and staff within Denver schools. Contributing a total of 3,951 hours, DaVita teammates also provided support as DPS developed shared core values.