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DaVita's IMPACT Program Reduces Mortality for New Dialysis Patients
Date:3/29/2009

arteriovenous fistula (AVF) in place. Research show that fistulas - the surgical connection of an artery to a vein - last longer and are associated with lower rates of infection, hospitalization and death compared to all other access choices.

Allen R. Nissenson, MD, Chief Medical Officer at DaVita says, "The IMPACT program is about quality patient care starting in the first 90 days and extending beyond. Improved outcomes in new dialysis patients translates to better long term results and healthier patients overall."

Researchers applaud the IMPACT program's inclusion of all patients starting dialysis, regardless of their cognitive ability or health status. Enrolling all patients at this early stage in their treatment allows them to better understand their disease and care needs while healthcare providers work to improve their outcomes. Through this program, DaVita mandates reporting on this particular population to better track and manage patients through their incident period.

Dennis Kogod, Chief Operating Officer of DaVita says, "We are thrilled by the promising results IMPACT has had on our new dialysis patients. DaVita continues to be the leader in the kidney care community, and we look forward to rolling out this program to all facilities later this year, to improve the health of all new dialysis patients."

DaVita, IMPACT and Relentless Pursuit of Quality are trademarks or registered trademarks of DaVita Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

About DaVita Inc.

DaVita Inc., a FORTUNE 500(R) company, is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, providing dialysis services and education for patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita manages more than 1,400 outpatient facilities and acute units in more than 700 hospitals located in 43 states and the District of Columbia, s
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