Melinda Larrison, Washington Resident, Chosen to Represent DaVita at Kidney Disease Awareness Event in Denver
WASHINGTON, MO. (Aug. 17, 2012) – – DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading provider of kidney care services that is committed to improving the quality of life for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), is pleased to announce Melinda Larrison, Washington resident, has been recognized as a DaVita “Shining Rock Star” for outstanding team leadership, corporate citizenship and providing superior patient care.
DaVita teammates (employees) who receive this recognition were selected by their team’s leadership to represent their division at DaVita’s Kidney Rock 5k Run|Walk in Denver, Colo., on August 11, 2012. DaVita Kidney Rock’s mission is to raise awareness of kidney disease through education and no-cost kidney screenings, while raising funds for Bridge of Life – DaVita Medical Missions, a 501(c)(3) organization that brings much-needed dialysis to developing countries.
“DaVita wanted to honor the leadership and dedication of these teammates who work so hard day in and day out to improve our patients’ lives,” said DaVita Vice President Jennifer Colosimo, “Melinda is an outstanding fighter in the battle against kidney disease.”
Over 20 million American adults are affected by CKD, most of whom are unaware they are affected by the disease. 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.
“I am truly honored to be representing DaVita’s Discovery Division at this year’s DaVita Kidney Rock as one of the Shining Rock Stars,” said Melinda Larrison, certified clinical hemodialysis technician. “This event supports The Bridge of Life – DaVita Medical Mission bringing lifesaving treatment to those in need who would not otherwise have it. Having had a kidney removed and being ESRD Stage 3 myself, this is something near and dear to my heart. Taking care of my patients at the Villa of Wentzville is a large part of my life and my commitment to providing excellent care knows no bounds. The Village is full of such teammates and I am humbled to be a part of this.”
DaVita’s divisional and neighborhood (business office) teams who met fundraising goals were eligible to send teammates to Denver to participate in the Kidney Rock event. Travel and accommodations are provided by DaVita to Shining Rock Star teammates.
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DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering 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, 2012, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 1,884 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 149,000 patients. The company also operated 19 outpatient dialysis centers located in four 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 www.davita.com.