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DaVita to Open First Independent Dialysis Clinic in Fargo-Moorhead

Center Will Help Treat Hundreds of Local Kidney Patients Requiring Dialysis;

More Than 700 North Dakota Residents Suffer From Kidney Disease

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- DaVita, Inc., one of the nation's largest independent providers of dialysis services in the United States, announced today its opening of the first free-standing dialysis center in the Fargo-Moorhead area -- increasing the number of outpatient dialysis stations available locally for kidney disease patients by nearly 50 percent.

"We are pleased to offer additional dialysis resources to kidney disease patients in the greater Fargo area," said Kent Thiry, CEO of DaVita. "As this is the first DaVita center in North Dakota, we look forward to forging new relationships with patients, caregivers and advocates across the state in order to continually improve kidney care."

According to the National Kidney Foundation, chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects 20 million Americans, or one in nine adults. Approximately 350,000 of these Americans suffer kidney failure and require dialysis. Increasing numbers of dialysis services are needed in the North Dakota region, as well as nationally, as the population ages and encounters CKD risk factors such as diabetes and hypertension.

"We constantly strive to be the healthcare provider, partner and employer of choice," said Scott Krebsbach, Regional Operations Director for DaVita. "By opening this new, state-of-the-art facility, we look forward to working with our clinicians and partners to improve patients' kidney health, quality of life and overall health outcomes."

Dialysis is a process that removes waste and fluids from the body when the kidneys cannot do so naturally; the process usually takes three to four hours and is done three times a week. Once credentialed to care for Medicare patients by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), expected in late November, the DaVita clinic -- located at 2350 45th Street South -- will offer 12 outpatient stations for patients with both private and federally funded insurance coverage. The clinic also plans to offer professional at-home dialysis services to these patients starting in early 2008.

For more information, North Dakota residents may visit or call (701) 281-3900.

About DaVita Inc.

DaVita Inc., a FORTUNE 500(R) company, is one of the largest providers of dialysis services in the United States, providing dialysis services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita manages over 1,300 outpatient centers and acute units in over 800 hospitals located in 42 states and the District of Columbia, serving approximately 103,000 patients.

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