Anthony Disser, Kindred's Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, Hospital Division accepted the 2012 Hospital Partnership Award. Also pictured: DaVita's Lynn Robinson (left) and Joanne Brady (right). Anthony Disser, Kindred's Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, Hospital Division accepted the 2012 Hospital Partnership Award. Also pictured: DaVita's Lynn Robinson (left) and Joanne Brady (right).

 

Once a year, DaVita Inc., a leading provider of kidney care who delivers dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease, recognizes one of its partners with its Hospital Partnership Award. Kindred Healthcare is the recipient for 2012; the award was given at DaVita’s Hospital National Meeting on July 25.

“The award is intended to recognize our partners who align with our mission and values,” says Lynn Robinson, Group Vice President Dream Team and Hospital Services Group.  “When choosing a recipient for the award, we look for partners who provide high quality of care for patients with a focus on clinical excellence and continuous improvement, which is one of DaVita’s core values. Kindred’s values are similar to ours in that both organizations believe that patient care comes first and foremost.”

Kindred and DaVita have been working as partners for a number of years. “We have very detailed quarterly meetings with Kindred where we focus on continuous quality improvement,” says Robinson. “The meetings are very data driven, and we always discuss what we could be doing better. In other words, how we can improve patient care and become better providers.”

Robinson says that DaVita is excited to have given the 2012 Hospital Partnership Award to Kindred. “Kindred is a well-respected provider,” she says. “Together, we’ve built a really strong partnership that has allowed us to provide the highest level of dialysis care. We know that patients discharged to Kindred receive excellent post-acute care, which also helps to reduce hospital readmission rates.”

According to Robinson, one in 10 U.S. adults is currently living with kidney disease. “What’s important for us is that Kindred is helping us to meet the needs of these patients,” she says. “Both organizations are focused on creating a community, not only within our organizations, but also for our patients.”

By Sophia Kroon