DaVita Kidney Care, an independent medical group and leading provider of kidney care in the United States, recognized Marcos Rothstein, MD, Professor of Medicine, with the “2019 Core Value Award for Service Excellence” during its national Physician Leadership Meeting in San Diego, March 7-9, 2019. The Service Excellence Award is given annually to a nephrologist who demonstrates the highest level of care, compassion, and understanding of the needs of those who depend on him/her, be they patients or medical providers.
“To be the recipient of DaVita’s Core Value Award for Service Excellence represents one of the most significant highlights of my career,” says Dr. Rothstein. “In my lifetime, I have witnessed death from kidney failure due to lack of meaningful treatments. Today, over 800,000 patients in the US are alive due to scientific advancements and compassionate care. My greatest honor is being entrusted with the lives of our patients.”
DaVita Dialysis provides care for about 200,000 patients in 2,500 facilities in the US. Over 7,000 nephrologists treat their patients at DaVita units. Washington University School of Medicine holds joint ownership with DaVita of two dialysis units in the St. Louis metropolitan area, DaVita DeBaliviere and DaVita West. Rothstein has been the Medical Director of both facilities since their inception.
“This award, more than a personal acknowledgement, recognizes the collective efforts of an outstanding multidisciplinary team,” says Rothstein. “At the WU/DaVita facilities, this honor represents the constant labor and care of technicians, nurses, social workers and dietitians. I wish to recognize Lisa Koester, ANP, CNN-NP and Niko Jones, RN, as key individuals whose love, dedication and skills provide the foundation of our patient care. Without them, and the other staff at the WU/DaVita facilities, my job as Medical Director would be a lot harder!”
In 2018, Rothstein received the prestigious Dr. Neville Grant Award for Clinical Excellence, an award for WU medical staff who exemplify compassion and excellence in clinical care.