I think it's going to be interesting to see how this buyout plays out. It merges two really large companies....will they look at Gambro's computer stuff (their online purchasing program is FAR superior to Davita's iprocurement, for example) -- will they perhaps utilize the best of both worlds or will it all go exactly "The Davita Way" as it stands? I think we're all in for a ride here.
Interestingly enough, I'm currently a perdiem teammate with Davita after leaving for a while...(hey we all need a change of scenery once in a while) but was approached about a CD position with Gambro. Less than 24 hours before my interview for that position I learned of the buyout. So Monday I become a Gambro CD and prepare to lead a possibly anxious team of nurses and PCTs into the new and unfamiliar (to them) world of Davita. And I believe it will be a very positive move. Davita believes firmly in its core values, as do I, it's NOT lip-service, and for those of you Gambro folks - i hope you know how to laugh - What nosonew didn't tell you about Kent Thiry is that he likes the three musketeers and he likes star wars. CQI people when certified are "Jedi Knights" and you WILL see Kent in his big feathered hat and holding his sword shouting "All for One - One for All"......
And the profit-sharing in the form of bonuses is nice too. In the rural GA area, at least, Davita pays MUCH better than Gambro since they do pay based on years of nursing experience and not years of dialysis experience. I don't yet know if that will mean a raise or what will happen to salaries but I really don't believe it's in Davita's general belief system to go cutting salaries. And 401ks rollover anyhow. That's the benefit of a 401k. They're portable.
Good luck to you all as we ride this wave!