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Kent Thiry, Chairman & CEO, DaVita

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Kent Thiry  became Chairman and CEO of DaVita® (then called  Total Renal Care) in October 1999. Upon Thirys arrival, the company embarked on an ambitious restructuring plan to save it from the brink of bankruptcy. Ten years later, the companys dedication to teammate (employee) engagement and empowerment has helped transform DaVita into a FORTUNE 500® company with approximately $6.1 billion in annual revenues, a stock price  that has increased more than 2,600 percent since shortly after he joined,  and an 11 percent reduction in teammate turnover.

During
Thirys  tenure with the company, DaVita has grown substantially to a current population of more  than 34,000 teammates working to provide care and services  for approximately 118,000 dialysis  patients every  week. As of December 31, 2009, DaVita operated or provided administrative services  at 1,530 outpatient dialysis  facilities and acute units  in approximately 720 hospitals.


DaVitas clinical outcomes have improved each of the last decade and are widely and consistently recognized as the best or among the best in the industry. The companys holistic approach has made  DaVita a leader  in kidney care and a model for how  to provide superior patient care while  constraining skyrocketing health  care costs.


DaVitas leadership philosophy is the subject of study and discussion in various prestigious forums, including Harvard, Stanford, Kellogg, and Wharton business  schools,  and major media  outlets such as The Wall  Street Journal and Modern Healthcare. Thiry  is a frequently requested speaker  at leading corporations and organizations on DaVitas unique model of employee empowerment and creation of a sense of community in the workplace.


The DaVita Villagewhere Thirys  title is the “Mayor”—has developed into  a distinctive place to work and live. More than 30 Village Programs—including awards for “Shining Star” caregivers, volunteer Village Greeters” who  support and visit  DaVita patients, medical missions to underserved regions of the world, and much  more—bring teammates together with patients, physicians and partners in a shared  missionto make DaVita the greatest kidney care company the world has ever seen.


Under  his guidance, DaVita has received numerous industry and business awards,  including:

  • FORTUNE - Worlds Most Admired Companies”- in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 (DaVita also ranked #1 in the field  of Health  Care Medical Facilities for Innovation, Long-Term Investment and Quality of Products and Services)
  • FORTUNE - Top Companies for Leaders
    • Recognized on the 2009 Fortune Top Companies for Leaders list, ranking 18th  in North America
  • WorldBlu - “List of Most Democratic Workplaces™” in 2008, 2009 and 2010 (DaVita is the first and only  Fortune 500 company to make the list since its inception)
  • Modern Healthcare - Top 100  Best Places to Work in Healthcare” in 2008 (DaVita is the only  nationwide health  care services  company on the list)
  • Training - Top 125” in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 201 (DaVita is the #1 health  care provider on the list for the sixth  year in a row)
  • Modern Healthcare - Kent Thiry,  CEO,  was recognized among the 100  most powerful people in health  care in 2009.

In addition to his responsibilities with DaVita, Thiry  also serves as Chairman of Kidney Care Partners and as a member of the Harvard Business Schools Board of Advisors and the Trust for Public Lands Board of Directors. Previously, he served as Chairman at Oxford Health Plans.

Thiry received a B.A. in Political Science with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa at Stanford University in 1978, and an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School in 1983. He and his wife Denise have two children - daughter, Christina, and son, Matthew.

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