DENVER, Dec. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading provider of kidney care services in the United States, continued to show its longstanding commitment to being a community first, company second throughout 2018 with acts of service and various charitable donations in the local communities it serves.
"We are proud of our teammates' commitment to and engagement in their communities," said Jim Greenwood, Wisdom vice president. "Our teammates truly embody what it means to care for our patients, care for each other and care for our world."
Each year, DaVita teammates reaffirm their commitment to their neighborhoods through service projects, outreach initiatives, charitable contributions and a continued focus on sustainability. This year teammates took part in several of the company's community-focused programs, including: DaVita Way of Giving, Village Service Days and the DaVita Village Network.
Teammates continued their long tradition of supporting local communities in 2018 by directing charitable contributions across the nation through the DaVita Way of Giving program. More than 2,100 dialysis centers participated in the program and directed donations of more than $2.1 million to nonprofits across the country.
In addition, more than 9,000 teammates generously volunteered their time and energy to local communities in the U.S. through the Village Service Days program. During Village Service Days, teammates have the opportunity to volunteer with a local nonprofit to benefit the broader community. Some nonprofit organizations include those associated with education, care of the environment, animal welfare and disability services, among others. This year, teammates from 979 dialysis centers volunteered a total 25,360 hours to help their neighborhoods.
Additionally, more than 800 dialysis centers have committed to participate in both a Village Service Day and DaVita Way of Giving, contributing to their local communities physically and financially.
Teammates also are given the opportunity to donate funds through voluntary payroll deductions or to make a one-time donation to support the DaVita Village Network. The DaVita Village Network was established to help teammates, or their immediate families, with financial assistance during a time of crisis such as natural disasters, medical expenses arising from acute medical needs, funeral expenses and other financial hardships, such as deployment.
Recently, DaVita teammates have given back to those affected by Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael and the wildfires in California. During these natural disasters, teammates in neighboring centers provided much-needed basic supplies to those in the affected areas. In 2018, more than $272,000 was contributed through the DaVita Village Network and helped more than 220 teammates experiencing hardship directly related to these natural disasters.
To learn more about DaVita's commitment to local communities, please visit DaVitaCommunityCare.com.
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 September 30, 2018, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,625 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 201,000 patients. The company also operated 251 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 DaVita.com.
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