DaVita, Northwell Health Announce Joint Venture to Deliver Full Suite of Kidney Care Services

Davita Northwell Health
Davita Northwell Health

Northwell Health Public Relations
May 19, 2016


NEW HYDE PARK, NY  -- Northwell Health(formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) andDaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners (NYSE: DVA) today announced a new joint venture to serve thousands of patients in Queens and Long Island with integrated kidney care

The joint venture between DaVita, which runs more than 2,300 outpatient dialysis centers in 11 countries, including the United States, and Northwell Health, New York state's largest health care provider and private employer, also includes plans for additional expansion in Staten Island over the coming years.

"Bringing together the resources of two high-quality health care providers like Northwell Health and DaVita will significantly enhance the services we'll be able to provide to kidney dialysis patients throughout the New York area," said Steven Fishbane, MD, chief of nephrology and vice president of dialysis services at Northwell Health, and medical director of the new dialysis network being established with DaVita. "It's a major development that will lead to new cutting-edge advancements in the delivery of nephrology services, including greater expansion of in-home dialysis services, which are currently limited to about 325 of the approximately 7,000 residents of Long Island and Queens receiving dialysis treatment."

“We have a shared vision for kidney care services that combines an exciting strategy, resources and cutting-edge services,” said Javier Rodriguez, president and CEO of DaVita Kidney Care. “It will impact thousands of lives for years to come.”

The joint venture will provide kidney care services in a multi-phased approach, including:

  • Physician education and support
  • Chronic kidney disease education
  • Network of outpatient centers
  • Hospital services             
  • Vascular access
  • Integrated care
  • Clinical research
  • Transplant services

As part of the first phase of the partnership, construction is ongoing on Nassau County’s first freestanding home dialysis center at Cisney Avenue in Floral Park, which is scheduled to open later this year.  Nurses at the new facility will instruct dialysis patients on how to use in-home dialysis equipment and also visit their homes regularly to ensure they are using it properly. It enables patients to care for themselves in the convenience and privacy of their own homes -- most patients require three weekly dialysis sessions. “Autonomy is important for our dialysis patients and greatly improves their quality of life,” said Dr. Fishbane.

The new partnership between DaVita and Northwell will encourage more in-home treatment at the joint centers being opened throughout Long Island and Queens. DaVita and Northwell have already assumed joint ownership and operation of the DaVita Dialysis Center at 50 Seaview Blvd. in Port Washington. Later this year, two other existing DaVita facilities in Huntington Station and Syosset will also become part of the new joint venture. By year five, the joint venture should serve 1,200 patients in the area.

"This partnership with DaVita is the latest in a series of joint ventures that Northwell Health has signed to provide convenient, easy access to our continuum of care in communities throughout the metropolitan area, while leveraging the expertise of business partners like DaVita who have well-established reputations for their clinical leadership," said Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer of Northwell Health.


Crain’s Health Pulse
May 20, 2016
Northwell Strikes DaVita Deal

New York’s largest health care system is linking up with the country’s second-largest dialysis provider in a new joint venture. Northwell Health and DaVita Kidney Care agreed to open 14 dialysis centers on Long Island and in Queens over the next 12 to 18 months, with future plans to move into Staten Island and Brooklyn. Northwell picked DaVita for both its size and commitment to quality, said Dr. Steven Fishbane, chief of nephrology at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. DaVita fared well in a 2015 Crain's analysis of dialysis-center quality. Fishbane hopes the partnership will give patients more options for in-home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, which can be conducted at home without the use of needles. “The trouble in the U.S. is everybody just kind of gets put on a conveyor belt when they have end-stage kidney disease and are on hemodialysis, when there are these other wonderful options as well,” Fishbane said. Northwell plans to open the first freestanding center in Nassau County, where nurses will teach patients about in-home dialysis equipment in Floral Park, later this year. A DaVita center in Port Washington already has been rebranded as a Northwell partner site, and two other existing sites in Huntington Station and Syosset will become part of the venture later this year. Five years from now, the partnership is expected to serve 1,200 patients. The deal made strategic sense for Northwell, said Adam Boll, vice president of operations for Northwell Ventures. “It follows the larger trend in health care to move episodic and chronic care services closer to areas where patients spend time, specifically in their homes and communities,” he said. "DaVita brings scale, years of experience and incredible expertise on quickly developing a high-quality network."

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