DaVita Kidney Care has formed a joint venture with New York state’s largest health care provider Northwell Health to provide integrated kidney care to patients in Queens and Long Island.

The joint venture also includes plans for additional expansion in Staten Island over the coming years.” 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,” 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.

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.

The companies said 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 Stationand Syosset will also become part of the new joint venture. By year five, the joint venture should serve 1,200 patients in the area, the companies said.