Sept. 12, 2018 – DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita Inc. (NYSE:DVA), a leading provider in kidney care services, today celebrated the opening of a 150,000 square-foot campus for DaVita Labs, its diagnostic laboratory that serves DaVita dialysis clinics and their patients. The campus marks an expansion of DaVita Labs’ operations in DeLand, Fla. and is expected to create 100 new local jobs.
“DaVita’s laboratory facility was the largest building permit in DeLand’s history,” said DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar. “More importantly, DaVita’s investment in our community speaks to the strength of our local talented workforce and our thriving business community. DeLand is extremely proud to be the home of DaVita’s sole laboratory in the U.S., serving patients in their dialysis centers all over America.”
DaVita Labs performs more than 47 million laboratory tests each year and employs approximately 450 teammates (employees) in DeLand, where the company has had a presence for more than two decades. The campus is home to DaVita’s newly designed, advanced automation lab, which aims to increase the volume of tests processed daily and provide enhanced test capacity and capabilities.
“We’ve brought the lab’s entire operation under one roof,” said DaVita group vice president Kenny Gardner. “From right here in DeLand, our team’s work will keep dialysis caregivers across the country informed and equipped to manage our patients’ health.”
DaVita Labs was the first resident to join DeLand’s Northwest Industrial Business Park. The company broke ground on the campus in 2016 and expects to operate in the space by year end.
“We expect our lab to touch an additional one million test tubes annually by 2023,” continued Gardner. “Building this campus has enabled us to reimagine the lab and intentionally design a space outfitted for the future.”