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Kent Thiry



Chairman and CEO

DaVita


Kent Thiry is chairman and CEO of DaVita, a FORTUNE 200 company, and CEO of DaVita Medical Group, a leading independent medical group in America. The company operates in 12 countries including the U.S., delivering clinically differentiated health care to nearly two million patients. 

DaVita comprises two primary health care businesses: DaVita Kidney Care, a leading provider of kidney care in the United States and abroad, and DaVita Medical Group which operates domestic medical groups and affiliated physician networks. The combined entity has $14 billion in annual revenue.

Upon Thiry’s arrival at DaVita Kidney Care in 1999, the company, formerly Total Renal Care, embarked on an ambitious restructuring plan to save it from bankruptcy. The company’s state was dire, with half of the executives having been fired or quit. Seventeen years later, DaVita’s focus on creating a special place through teammate engagement and empowerment has transformed the organization into a FORTUNE 200 company that has improved clinical outcomes for 16 years in a row.

In October 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published new star ratings to recognize quality at dialysis centers across the country.  CMS recognized DaVita Kidney Care as the clinical leader in quality for dialysis providers for a second time. DaVita outperformed all other major dialysis providers in the Five-Star Rating Quality System for two years in a row, operating twice as many four- and five-star centers as competitors.

DaVita and Thiry have been the subject of multiple case studies taught at the Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is regularly invited to speak on leadership and culture at top schools and companies.

During Thiry’s tenure at DaVita, the company has been named a Freedom-Centered Workplace by WorldBlu, the first health care company and first FORTUNE 500 company to do so and has been on the list for nine consecutive years. In addition, DaVita has been named to FORTUNE Magazine’s Most Admired Companies for 10 years, ranking No. 1 in innovation for healthcare facilities six different times.

Finally, in 2013, DaVita won the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for support of teammates who serve in the Guard and Reserve.

Prior to joining DaVita, Thiry served in several senior executive roles, including chairman and CEO of Vivra Specialty Partners, a specialty health care company; president and then CEO of Vivra, a NYSE health care service company; and partner at Bain & Company. 

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