"Thank you for coming here to my country. You made a bridge. The river is the challenge, but this mission was the bridge to give life here in Haiti. I've never seen such an amazing team here."

--Nahama, translator from Bridge of Life's recent primary care medical mission in Haiti
Bridge of Life Up Close: Medical Camps
for Kids
"This was truly an amazing and beautiful experience, and I would recommend it to everyone, as long as you are willing to put yourself out there, look a little silly at times, and be open to whatever comes your way."

-- Randi Fine, Administrator, HealthCare Partners

Randi, a Bridge of Life volunteer, was part of a team determined to find a way to ride the camp zipline for Michael, a camper at The Painted Turtle whose lungs were failing and who relied on an oxygen tank that could not be removed or he would succumb to his illness.

To read Randi's full story on our Bridge of Life Up Close blog, click here.

To date in 2015 ...

  • 18 international medical missions
  • 13 domestic chronic kidney disease (CKD) screenings
  • 16 medical camp sessions for kids  with serious illnesses
  • 112 DaVita Kidney Care teammate volunteers
  • 59 HealthCare Partners teammate volunteers
 New Medical Missions & CKD Screenings
Vietnam - June
For the first time, a chronic kidney disease screening event was paired with a primary care medical mission with great results! Two DaVita Kidney Care teammates assisted in screening 580 individuals, and three HealthCare Partners teammates treated 1,266 individuals for primary care services, including 540 adult-gyn patients!
Haiti - July
A milestone was reached through this primary care medical mission! 15 DaVita Kidney Care and HealthCare Partners teammates helped treat a record-breaking 1,472 people for primary care services. Multiple communities were impacted on this trip, including Galette, Dumay, Ti Marche and Turbe, and volunteers assisted our in-country partner, Double Harvest, at their clinic.
Dominican Republic - August
In partnership with Timmy Global Health, we focused on two treatment sites. Four HealthCare Partners teammates treated a total of 483 patients at Las Canas, and seven HealthCare Partners teammates assisted in treating 468 individuals at Monte Cristi!
Messages from Bridge of Life Volunteers
Ambar Gonzalez with a patient on Bridge of Life's recent medical mission to Haiti
Ati Hakimi, MD, on Bridge of Life's recent medical mission to the Dominican Republic
"I feel honored and blessed to serve such beautiful and kind people. We did it with excellence and in the DaVita way -- the only way we know how!"

- -Ambar Gonzalez, People Services Generalist, DaVita Kidney Care

"This mission was life-changing. It taught me to be grateful. Since I've been back, I take things a little lighter. People out in the world have much bigger problems than we do here. It truly was an amazing mission."


-- Ati Hakimi, MD, HealthCare Partners

Upcoming CKD Screenings

September 12 in Dallas, TX
¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!
The Concilio

September 12 in San Diego, CA
¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health

September 18 - 25 in Ghana
Department of Child Health/St. Mary's Children's Hospital Rural Health Fair

September 21 in Clinton, LA
Henry Schein Cares-Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities

October 2 - 4 in Las Vegas NV

October 10 in Chula Vista, CA
2015 Bi-National Health Fair

October 17 in Delano, CA
Suggs Health Fair

October 17 in Houston, TX
ADA Expo

November 7 in Houston, TX
¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!
Hispanic Health Coalition of Houston

November 20 in Foster City, CA
Today's Senior Showcase

November 21 in Huntington Park, CA
¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!
Upcoming Medical Missions

September 5 - October 15 in Mongolia
Dialysis clinic set-up

October 9 - November 25 in U.S.
Training for Guatemalan dietitian and social worker

October 28 - November 10 in India
Dialysis equipment upgrade and training for clinic

November 11 - 23 in the Philippines
Dialysis equipment upgrade and training for clinic

December 4 - 12 in Jamaica
Vascular access surgical mission

Thank you to DaVita Rx, McKesson Corporation and Henry Schein!

Thank you to DaVita Rx, McKesson Corporation and Henry Schein for their incredibly generous donation of medications and primary care supplies and monetary support.

Because of these great corporations, we were able to provide enough medical supplies to treat 1,472 patients during our recent primary care medical mission to Haiti.
DaVita Kidney Care & HealthCare Partners Teammates: Fundraising for Bridge of Life!
We would like to give special thanks to Charla Weaver and the team at DaVita PDI Johnstown dialysis clinic in Pennsylvania. They raised over $500 from hosting car washes this summer to benefit our work with Medical Camps for Kids!

For more information on ways you can fundraise or on how to host a fundraiser, please contact Jessica Dankert, Manager of Donor Relations & Communications,
at or 303-876-6631.
2000 16th St. Denver, CO 80202

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