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Satellite Healthcare Announces Optimal Start® — an orientation program for patients with end-stage kidney disease

90-day program helps the newly diagnosed end-stage kidney disease patient understand the severity of their disease and treatment options

Mountain View, CA–February 3, 2009 – Satellite Healthcare, one of the nation’s first providers of non-for-profit kidney dialysis services, announced today that Optimal Start®—a 90-day orientation program for patients newly diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD)– has been rolled out at all of its Satellite Dialysis centers.

In California, more than 300 patients have already undergone the Optimal Start® program at Satellite Dialysis centers. “Many patients come to us with little knowledge of their disease or dialysis,” said Marc Branson, Executive Vice President of Dialysis Services for Satellite Healthcare. “Optimal Start helps them become more health literate on these topics so that they are more informed about renal care and are prepared for dialysis.”

New patients at Satellite Dialysis arrive in the fifth and final stage of renal disease and need regular dialysis to stay alive. “When patients first walk through our doors, they are overwhelmed with their disease,” said Mary Margaret Kipp, Director of New Patient Admissions and program developer of Optimal Start. “Optimal Start gives them all the information they need to take charge of their lives again.”

Every Satellite Dialysis patient is assigned a “dialysis team” of nurses, patient care techs, dietitians and social workers. At the end of Optimal Start’s 90-day orientation, patients are able to make better decisions about diet, choice of treatment and lifestyle adaptations they need to make in order to live optimally and stay healthy.

Retired physicist Emery Rogers became one of Optimal Start's first patients. Diagnosed with ESRD in 2006, he was referred to Satellite Healthcare's dialysis center by his Nephrologist. "I was nervous because I knew my life was about to change, and I didn't know what to expect," says Emery.  “My anxiety disappeared when I was greeted by the most marvelous people. That is how Satellite treats all their patients. They walk every step with you, and teach you to be healthy with this disease.”

There is a lot to learn when first diagnosed with ESRD. For example, patients have to “unlearn” everything they know about eating right. Optimal Start® educates them on their diet and how to live with these restrictions.

In addition, “About half of all Satellite Dialysis patients have high blood pressure and/or Type 2 diabetes, the two leading causes of chronic kidney disease,” said Mary Margaret. “They go undiagnosed for years and by the time they find out, their kidneys are gone. Optimal Start helps newly diagnosed ESRD patients understand all the treatment options available to them and the lifestyle adjustments they need to make in order to insure the healthiest possible outcomes.”

Optimal Start furthers Satellite Healthcare’s commitment to provide world-class education and kidney dialysis care. After the comprehensive 90-day education program, patients with End Stage Renal Disease are able to make better informed choices about their treatment and lifestyle, leading to healthier lives and meaningful outcomes such as reduced hospitalization, reduced mortality and enhanced patient satisfaction.

About Satellite Healthcare
Satellite Healthcare, Inc. is one of the nation’s first and leading providers of dialysis services and kidney disease care. With its affiliated services Satellite WellBound, Satellite Dialysis and Satellite Research, Satellite Healthcare provides early patient wellness education, personalized clinical services and a complete range of dialysis therapy choices. This comprehensive offering allows Satellite Healthcare to advance the standard of chronic kidney disease care so patients can achieve a better life. For more information, www.satellitehealth.com

Better care. Better life. Better choice.™

About Optimal Start
Optimal Start is a new program established by Satellite Healthcare to meet the needs of new chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. During the first 90 days of their treatment, a focused approach is taken by the dialysis team to help new patients understand their disease, their options for treatment and what they must do to assure the positive adjustment to the therapy of their choice.

Media Contact: Kim Hernandez, 650-404-3623

Anybody my age or younger should be doing home dialysis. I feel so much better and I can do the things I used to do.”
– Patient
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