DaVita to Screen Hundreds for Kidney Disease in India on World Kidney Day

PR Newswire India - DaVita India LogoDaVita, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a global provider of kidney care services, will host more than 20 screening events in Bangalore and Pune, India to raise awareness for chronic kidney disease (CKD) on World Kidney Day.

Families and individuals are encouraged to visit their nearest Modern Family Doctor Centre on March 13, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to receive health screenings that can detect CKD. Screenings may include a follow-up consultation with a DaVita nephrologist.

“Because early stages of kidney disease often have no symptoms, the first step in managing its progression is knowing your risk,” said Dr. Suresh Sankar, group medical director of DaVita in India. “For those at increased risk, a simple blood test from a doctor can confirm the disease.”

People at risk for developing kidney disease include those with diabetes or high blood pressure. Other risk factors include cardiovascular disease, obesity, high cholesterol and a family history of the disease.

“DaVita’s vision is to build the greatest health care community the world has ever seen and creating awareness of kidney disease is an important component of our vision,” said Shriram Vijayakumar, head of DaVita in India. “When caught early enough, kidney disease can be slowed down and even prevented in some cases.”

When CKD progresses to end stage renal disease, (ESRD) dialysis and transplant are the only options for survival. According to the World Health Organization, roughly 1.4 million people worldwide are on dialysis, and that number continues to grow each year. In India, less than 10 percent of affected ESRD patients receive any form of renal replacement therapy.

DaVita in India operates dialysis centers in Bangalore, Chennai, Pondicherry, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Pune.

DaVita, DaVita HealthCare Partners and Kidney Smart are trademarks or registered trademarks of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

About DaVita

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 Dec. 31, 2013, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 2,074 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 163,000 patients. The company also operated 73 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.

Primary Media Contact: Kunal Ashok, kunal.ashok@davita.com, 91-7760968341

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