DaVita to invest $20M, create 150 jobs in Houston area
May 20, 2013 | DaVita in the News
Denver-based DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA) plans to add upwards of 15 dialysis clinics throughout the Houston area over the next two years at a cost of about $20 million.
The growth will create about 150 full-time jobs, including positions for registered nurses, dietitians and social workers, said Chakilla White, vice president of DaVita's Lone Star division.
DaVita's glowing blue signs are already a part of the Houston landscape, with more than 70 clinics in the region that employee more than 1,300 people.
White said one in 10 Americans has kidney disease, with two-thirds of patients quitting their jobs a year prior to going on dialysis. The company hopes to educate more people about proper lifestyle and nutrition health that can help delay dialysis.
In November, DaVita closed on a $4.4 billion purchase of Torrance, Calif.-based HealthCare Partners, an operator of medical offices in three states. Now known as DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., the organization is currently the largest managed health care company in the country.