Big DaVita meeting closes 14th Street
May 21, 2013 | DaVita in the News
If your kidney stands on edge this week because it feels like someone is talking about it, that's probably true: DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. is bringing in 4,000 employees from around the world for a "Villagewide Meeting" in downtown Denver.
The Denver-based kidney-care giant (NYSE: DVA) is hosting a four-day gathering, beginning today, at the Colorado Convention Center to offer training and company-wide updates and to let workers take part in a public-service project.
A "Colorado-themed street party" for attendees has shut down 14th Street between Champa and Arapahoe streets — the two blocks in front of the Denver Performing Arts Complex — through 4 a.m. Thursday. The closure began Tuesday night.
With DaVita workers coming in from 49 states and 14 countries, the event is a boon for the downtown hospitality industry. More than 12,000 room nights have been booked at Denver hotels.
"This week is dedicated to our front line teammates," said Kent Thiry, DaVita chairman and CEO. “It’s where we pause to review our accomplishments, look to the future as we expand internationally as well as domestically with our HealthCare Partners family, and above all recognize those who truly role model our mission and values.”