HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DaVita®, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. and a leading provider of kidney care services, announced a commitment to offering a complete care plan that helps Houston patients keep working and experience a better quality of life.
“Going to my job takes me away from the fact that I have end stage renal disease, because I’m absorbed in my work.”
Studies have found that when patients continue working after they go on dialysis, it can help them feel healthier, happier and more financially secure. For instance, people on dialysis who keep their jobs generally experience a lower rate of depression, have fewer hospitalizations and score higher on general health and vitality tests.
“You can live with dialysis and work, and you can enjoy life,” said Robert Gandy of Houston, a grandfather, DaVita dialysis patient and executive chef with 42 years of experience in the restaurant industry. “Going to my job takes me away from the fact that I have end stage renal disease, because I’m absorbed in my work.”
In support of keeping working patients working, DaVita offers a comprehensive package of care for dialysis patients in Houston. For example:
- More than 70 clinics in the Houston Metroplex – locations close to home and work
- A full range of dialysis access options – in-center hemodialysis, home hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis
- Flexible treatment times that fit patients’ schedules and busy lives – in-center evening and overnight (in-center nocturnal) treatment options
- Travel coordination for all dialysis patients, regardless of provider (not just DaVita patients)
- DaVita Health Portal™ – to check lab results anytime, anywhere, on any device
- Insurance counseling – expert navigation of what can be a complicated process
- Transplant education, management and coordination – assistance with navigating the complex path to transplantation
“Dialysis is quite simply a way of life for our patients, but we’re committed to helping them fit treatments into their lives rather than having to plan their lives around treatments,” said Chakilla Robinson-White, DaVita’s vice president of operations for the Houston Metro area. “Dialysis shouldn’t prevent patients from staying on the job or taking vacations, and at DaVita we’re dedicated to providing patients with the flexibility to live fuller, healthier lives.”
In support of helping to keep working patients working, numerous clinics in the Houston area have flexible evening treatment shifts designed to accommodate working patients, specifically in the following areas:
- Channel View
- Cypress Station
- Cypress Woods Northwest
- First Colony
- Grand Parkway
- Med Center
- Rock Prairie
- South Shore
- The Woodlands
- West Park
“It is important to note that the expansion of our treatment hours to accommodate patients in the Houston area is an anomaly in this time of uncertainty in the dialysis industry,” said LeAnne Zumwalt, DaVita’s vice president for government affairs. “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed funding cuts to dialysis reimbursement that may unfortunately make it difficult to expand – or even maintain – operations of some clinics in the future. We are working together as a community to engage CMS so that future innovation and development can continue and so we can continue to serve patients with end stage renal disease.”
For more information about living with kidney disease, visit DaVita.com/WorkingPatients or call 1-888-405-8915. DaVita also offers kidney disease classes that are open to the community in the Houston area.
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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 June 30, 2013, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 2,010 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 159,000 patients. The company also operated (operates?) 48 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.