|[October 04, 2013]
DaVita Offers Patients Resources and Support in Preparation for Tropical Storm Karen
DENVER --(Business Wire)--
a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a leading
provider of kidney care services, today issued important emergency
response information and resources for dialysis patients, particularly
those along the Gulf Coast in the path of tropical storm Karen, which is
expected to make landfall between New Orleans and Pensacola, Fla.
The tropical storm is projected to make landfall late Saturday or early
Sunday with heavy rain and strong winds expected. The DaVita Village
Emergency Response Team (DaVERT) cautions that while the storm is being
monitored closely, it is important to prepare as these storms can be
"We are currently advising patients and teammates along the Gulf Coast
on how to prepare for this storm," said Tom Bradsell, DaVERT manager.
"Our top priority during this time is patient safety. We will continue
to evaluate the path and impact of the storm as it approaches and makes
Local DaVita dialysis centers have begun preparing for the storm and its
impact by issuing emergency preparedness packets to patients and
reviewing their emergency plans. In the event that patients cannot
access their usual dialysis center they can call 1-800-400-8331 for
assistance in finding a DaVita clinic to accommodate them.
DaVita teammates will continue to assess the storm' path and potential
impact, providing patients with the most up-to-date information
regarding their treatments. Dialysis patients require treatments at
least three times per week and are at high risk during natural disasters
and weather-related emergencies.
In order to prepare for the unexpected, DaVita provided emergency
preparedness educational resources and recommended that all dialysis
patients create an emergency kit that includes:
Emergency phone numbers for their doctors and dialysis center, as well
as contact information for a nearby dialysis center
At least three days' worth of medications, as well as a list of the
If diabetic, a week's worth of supplies (syringes, insulin, alcohol
wipes, glucose monitoring strips, etc.)
Access to clean water, food, a can opener, first aid supplies, and a
battery-operated flashlight and radio
Weather-related emergency resources are available on DaVita.com/services/emergency-services.
For additional questions, or for assistance during a weather-related
event, dialysis patients and caregivers are encouraged to call DaVita
Guest Services at 1-800-400-8331.
DaVita is a registered trademark of DaVita Inc. All other trademarks are
the property of their respective owners.
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 June 30, 2013, DaVita
operated or provided administrative services at 2,010 outpatient
dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately
159,000 patients. The company also operates 48 outpatient
dialysis centers located in ten 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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