Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A Great Corporate Model

At first blush, it's probably no surprise that we like DaVita--after all, it is a Fortune 500 company that has a large and growing corporate presence in downtown Tacoma. We wouldn't be much of a business improvement area if we couldn't get behind that!

But there's even more to this company and its 600+ team members at the Western U.S. billing center here that puts DaVita high on our list of great corporate citizens. In its official statement of mission and values--which, like most large companies, includes laudable but unremarkable values like integrity and service--DaVita includes a rather unique one: fun! "We take our jobs seriously," the corporate statement notes, "but we feel a fun environment delivers better care to our patients while creating a better work environment for our teammates."

One way this value plays out in Tacoma and connects with our core value of putting more feet on ths street is how DaVita (unlike many corporate employment centers) eschewed a company cafeteria--the result is that every day hundreds of employees spill out at lunchtime to walk, eat, shop, visit, and recreate downtown outside their building.

Kudos to DaVita!

1 comment:

  1. As a 4 year employee at DaVita, I can say that a large part of why I have stayed a part of the Tacoma team has to do with our company's culture of encouraging teammates to support and get involved in the local communities where our business offices and dialysis centers are located.

    For those that wonder what DaVita is, we provide dialysis services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney failure. DaVita's Tacoma office houses our billing and financial teams, as well as other corporate and field support teams. We're growing pretty rapidly, and so I expect we'll continue to be a prominent supporter of Tacoma's local businesses for awhile to come.