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DaVita’s Outstanding Physician Citizen Program Highlights Physicians for Outstanding Patient Service

Hopkinsville, KY (March 2009) – DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), one of the nation’s leading providers of kidney care services, today announced that Dr. Lisa Radix Medical Director, of the Hopkinsville & Christian CO. DaVita® dialysis centers, has been recognized as the divisional Outstanding Physician Citizen, receiving the  Doctor PEPper award, for the River Valley Division. The honor will be presented to Dr. Radix during a dinner celebration.

DaVita’s Doctor PEPper program seeks to recognize those physicians who exemplify DaVita’s mission and core values. The Patients Enriched by Partnershipsm (PEPsm) department is a department within DaVita that strives to involve patients and their families to educate and better their quality care. The doctors are nominated by Facility Administrators who feel the nominee is an integral part of the PEP program and their DaVita team. The doctors must have strong clinical results, actively participate in the Wall of Fame (a way to help DaVita patients and teammates to get to know one another by decorating a wall with photographs and fun facts), involve themselves in political action as well as being a strong member throughout the kidney care community. The doctors who are nominated enjoy the celebrations, games and events in the dialysis unit.

“Receiving the Doctor PEPper award is such an honor because it comes directly from the teammates I work with every day. I am very humbled by it.” said Dr. Radix, DaVita Medical Director. “The Doctor PEPper award also represents some of the aspects of patient-care that makes the practice of Nephrology so fulfilling.”

The Doctor PEPper program was founded in 2006, and promotes DaVita’s mission To Be the Provider, Partner and Employer of Choice, and core values, Service Excellence, Integrity, Team, Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Fulfillment, and Fun. At DaVita, that means high quality clinical care is generally coupled with a personalized approach.

DaVita, Patients Enriched by Partnership and PEP 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® 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, serving approximately 110,000 patients. As part of DaVita’s commitment to building a healthy, caring community, DaVita develops, participates in and donates to numerous programs dedicated to transforming communities and creating positive, sustainable change for children, families and our environment. For more information about DaVita, its kidney education materials, and its community programs, please visit www.davita.com.