DaVita establishes health care operations in Brazil

There are currently more than 100,000 Brazilians on dialysis. | Dan / Flickr
DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a global provider of kidney care services, recently announced plans to begin operations in Brazil.

DaVita, which already operates in 11 countries serving more than 1.5 million patients, says it will assist Brazilian physicians with a worldwide network of experts, training programs, and clinical and administrative service standards.

"Our objective in Brazil, as it is in all the countries in which DaVita HealthCare Partners operates, is to deliver world-class care and improve quality of life for our patients," Dennis Kogod, chief executive officer of DaVita's international operations, said. "In addition to bringing DaVita's leading kidney care services to the country, we look forward to partnering with the Brazilian government and payors in establishing and expanding integrated care functions.”

According to a company release, there are more than 110,000 Brazilians on dialysis. As of June 30, DaVita Kidney Care reported that it operated or provided administrative services at 2,306 outpatient dialysis centers worldwide serving approximately 184,000 patients.

"We have a proven clinical system focused on improving health care services, which allows physicians to achieve great results and spend more time with their patients," Mahesh Krishnan, international chief medical officer and group vice president of research and development at DaVita, said. "DaVita invests heavily in clinical research and clinical innovation to improve the model of patient care, and, ultimately, patient outcomes."

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