Dialysis provider DaVita has acquired majority ownership of Esensa S.A.S., the largest independent renal services provider in Colombia.  

“This is a major milestone for DaVita,” said Dennis Kogod, chief operating officer of DaVita HealthCare Partners. “In the United States and nine other countries worldwide, we’ve focused on caring for our patients, our teammates and our communities. We’re proud to now include Latin America in this record of excellence and bring Esensa S.A.S. into the DaVita Village.”  

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The new joint venture encompasses seven clinics treating nearly 1,500 patients in Bogota, Cali, Medellin and Barranquilla. Over the coming years, DaVita says it plans to expand services in these cities and in other cities of Colombia through this venture.