DENVER, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- DaVita, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a leading provider of kidney care services, has been recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine's Most Admired Companies in 2014. This marks the fifth consecutive year DaVita has been ranked no. 1 in innovation for health care facilities and the ninth consecutive year DaVita has earned the honor as one of the World's Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE.
DaVita ranked first overall among health care facilities and was the second highest-rated company in Colorado. "Being recognized by FORTUNE for the ninth consecutive year is a huge honor," said Kent Thiry, co-chairman and CEO of DaVita HealthCare Partners. "This affirms our belief that putting the quality of life of our patients and teammates first makes a difference as we strive to be a top innovator in health care." FORTUNE surveys company executives, board members and industry analysts to compile its rankings. Within the health care facility industry, DaVita was top-ranked in innovation, social responsibility and quality of products and services. The other categories used to determine scores were people management, use of corporate assets, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment and global competitiveness. The FORTUNE World's Most Admired Companies list includes organizations such as Amazon, Apple and Johnson & Johnson. To see the full list of 2014 FORTUNE World's Most Admired Companies, visit http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/most-admired/2014/list/?iid=wma14_sp_full. DaVita and DaVita HealthCare Partners 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. Contact Information Media: Justin Forbis 303-876-7496 Justin.Forbis@davita.com SOURCE DaVita Inc.