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DaVita Announces Retirement of Former Chief Medical Officer Charles J. McAllister, M.D.
Date:4/1/2008

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., April 1, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- DaVita Inc., a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney failure and disease, today announced its former Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Charles J. McAllister, M.D. will retire effective April 1, 2008. Dr. McAllister stepped down as CMO in July 2007, and has since served as CMO emeritus in the Office of the CMO.

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"Charlie has provided 30 years of incredible service to kidney care patients and the broader kidney care community, as a practicing nephrologist, as a hospital chief of staff and as DaVita's chief medical officer," said DaVita CEO Kent Thiry. "The combination of his energy, his intellect, his sense of humor and his warm bedside manner is amazing."

Dr. McAllister served as CMO for DaVita(R) since 2000. During that time, his dedication to continuous improvement in the areas of physician performance management, national clinical measurement development, product evaluation and testing, and clinical compliance program implementation, among others, helped DaVita become a national leader in clinical outcomes. Dr. McAllister's efforts also helped shaped DaVita's community-like work environment, which has been broadly written about and is taught at many major business schools.

"Dr. McAllister really represents the life-force of the Physician Council at DaVita, serving as DaVita's physician beacon of outstanding and compassionate care for our most vulnerable patients," said John Robertson, M.D. "All of the physicians remaining with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer will continue to aspire to the same level of professionalism and integrity that Charlie single handedly inspired since the day he joined with DaVita."

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