DaVita Receives Freedom Award, U.S. Government’s Highest Military-Friendly Honor for Employers
June 25, 2013 | Press Releases
Presented annually by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) arm of the Department of Defense, the Freedom Award recognizes employers for outstanding support of employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. It is the highest military-friendly award presented by the U.S. government.
“We are privileged to have more than 1,700 reservists, members of the Guard, military veterans and military spouses as part of the DaVita community,” said Kent Thiry, chairman and CEO of DaVita HealthCare PartnersSM. “They make our company and our country stronger and better. It’s an honor to support them in every way we can.”
The path to the Freedom Award begins with a nomination by either a member of the Guard or a Reservist employed by the nominee, or by a family member acting on the Guard or Reservist’s behalf. According to the ESGR, Freedom Award recipients demonstrate exceptional support for military employees, including offering flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment and leaves of absence if needed.
In addition to those benefits, DaVita supports mobilized military teammates with continued health care coverage, up to $5,000 in financial assistance each year, and options for paid military leave.
“I’ve never been asked to choose between serving my country through the Air National Guard and serving DaVita, its teammates and patients,” said Major Michael Freimann, assistant general counsel at DaVita and judge advocate general (JAG) for the Colorado Air National Guard. “I can’t imagine working for a more thoughtful, patriotic company.”