DaVita Conducts Hurricane Readiness Drill in Jacksonville
May 30, 2013 | Press Releases
Over the past few years a number of natural disasters have interrupted the operation of dialysis clinics across the U.S., impacting the delivery of life-sustaining treatments to thousands of dialysis patients. In response, DaVita formed the DaVita Village Emergency Response Team (DaVERT), a cross-functional group of clinical and operations experts from around the country, to prepare for and address disasters (both natural and otherwise).
The Jacksonville drill, which will take place at DaVita’s Memorial Plaza Dialysis Center, will provide a simulation of the precise steps – both proactive and reactive – that DaVita will take if alerted to a hurricane that is expected to touch ground and impact one or more of its dialysis facilities on the Eastern Seaboard or the Gulf Coast.
“Of course natural disasters are largely unpredictable, but we’re determined to minimize the impact that the hurricane or other emergency is likely to have on our patients,” said Mark Taylor, DaVita divisional vice president. “It is critical to host drills like this because of the importance of avoiding treatment interruptions and maintaining patients’ safety and quality of life.”