DaVita Careers

DaVita-ese: Our “Language”

At DaVita, we use a lot of acronyms and jargon that you may not have heard before. When interviewing, don’t be shy to ask one of our teammates what they mean and we hope these tools help as well.

Acronymns and Commonly Used DaVita Terms

Acronymns and Commonly Used DaVita Terms

  • AA = Administrative Assistant
  • ARF = Acute Renal Failure
  • CDC = Centers for Disease Control
  • Citizens = Teammates in the DaVita Village
  • CKD = Chronic Kidney Disease
  • CMS= Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • CRF = Chronic Renal Failure
  • DVU = DaVita University, our internal training offerings
  • ESRD = End Stage Renal Disease
  • FA = Facility Administrator
  • GSD = Getting Stuff Done
  • Hemo = Hemodialysis
  • KT = Kent Thiry, our Mayor and CEO
  • Palmer Team or Group = our Operating Groups team names, see map below

  • PCT= Patient Care Technician
  • PD = Peritoneal dialysis
  • People Services = our Human Resources department
  • PTO = Paid Time Off
  • Reality 101 = Senior Leaders visit a local facility to receive training on all things dialysis
  • ROD = Regional Operations Director
  • SIP = Student Internship Program for PCTs in training
  • SWC = Salary Wages and Contract labor costs
  • Teammates = Employees
  • TTS = Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday shift work
  • Village = what we call our Company, the DaVita Village
  • Village Greeter = Volunteers in our clinics who welcome patients and brighten their day

DaVita Palmer Map

Team: A group of people linked in a common purpose.

As a teammate, you become a member of your local facility or neighborhood business office team and you also become a citizen of something bigger, something great, and something unique- the DaVita Village.  Within the United States there are regional teams, shown in the map below.  Each team has a unique “Palmer” Group name, a leadership team and goals that they are working toward.  The teams engage in friendly competition for the best clinical results while we are all working together toward our Mission to be the Provider, Partner and Employer of Choice.