Ministry Dialysis Services Announces Sale to DaVita, Inc.

Over the past several months the Ministry Dialysis Services leadership team has been exploring a number of options to improve services and the level of care delivered to our patients. As part of that effort we brought in a consulting firm and held discussions with two organizations that provide dialysis services nationally.

After several months of work, Ministry selected DaVita, Inc. from Denver, Colorado to make a further assessment of our facilities and operations. Upon completion of their assessment DaVita made an offer to purchase our outpatient dialysis services operation. After careful consideration we accepted their offer.

Ministry Health Care believes that transferring ownership to a larger national provider is in the best interest of our patients as opposed to the continuation of a small program. DaVita is one of the largest dialysis providers in the country with more than 1,600 outpatient facilities, serving approximately 128,000 patients with more than 34,000 employees.

Final details for the transition of ownership have taking place during the past several weeks. We are pleased to announce that effective June 1, 2011; DaVita will take ownership the Ministry Dialysis program. Ministry also maintains four inpatient dialysis units at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital, Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital and Howard Young Medical Center. These units will remain as part of Ministry Health Care with the management of the units provided by DaVita.

Jerry L. Cleveland, President of Ministry Home Care and Dialysis Services stated that, “In making this decision, we determined that DaVita was the best provider of dialysis services for us to work with as they are committed to providing the highest quality patient care.” DaVita Inc. is the largest independent provider of dialysis services in the United States.

According to Cheryl Cody, the Vice President of Operations for DaVita in Wisconsin,”…the name DaVita means ‘giving life.’ Every day, in all DaVita clinics, the name reflects that purpose. Providing quality dialysis care to each one of our patients is a privilege and DaVita patients consistently receive excellent outcomes for dialysis adequacy as well as for vascular access and nutritional management,” said Ms. Cody.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to work with DaVita going forward as we continually strive to put patients first and meet our promise,” Cleveland affirmed. “We are confident that this transition will continue providing high quality dialysis care to our patients in central and northern Wisconsin.”

Keeping patients first is the goal everyday for the over 11, 000 employees of Ministry Health Care. Founded over 120 years ago by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother to meet the needs of communities in the region, today Ministry operates 15 hospitals and 52 clinics located in communities across central and northern Wisconsin and in eastern Minnesota.

The system provides primary and specialty medical services, as well as hospital, home health care, hospice, and long-term care, Ministry’s mission as a Catholic health care system is to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor, in the communities we serve.

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