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Satellite WellBound Opens New Self-Care Dialysis Center in Houston, Texas

Leading Not-for-profit Kidney Dialysis Services Provider Opens its 16th Center In The Lone Star State: the focus is to provide Pre-Dialysis Education And Home Dialysis Services

HOUSTON, TX, November 5, 2009—Satellite Healthcare, one of the nation’s first and leading providers of kidney dialysis services and a major sponsor of nephrology research, today announced the official opening of WellBound of Houston. This is its first home dialysis center in the state of Texas. This “Center of Excellence” interacts closely with nephrologists at the Baylor College of Medicine and nephrologists from surrounding communities. The goal of the Center is to provide chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients with education about kidney disease and early-stage wellness education plus innovative self-care dialysis therapies.

“Today’s center opening in Houston provides WellBound the opportunity to bring its unique CKD education and treatment approach directly to the patients in another key market,” said Marc Branson, Executive Vice President of Dialysis Services at Satellite Healthcare. “This milestone provides strong evidence of our commitment to expansion while also demonstrating the broad-ranging demand from both patients and nephrologists for our innovative brand of self-care dialysis.”

With its track record of successfully developing self-care dialysis programs, WellBound is uniquely positioned to expand the implementation of home dialysis therapies in the greater Houston area. The new Center provides the ability to address a significant need in light of the expanding body of scientific evidence. The evidence points out those patients who receive more frequent and longer dialysis via self-care therapies achieve superior clinical outcomes and enhanced quality of life as compared to those that do not.

WellBound of Houston will provide patients in surrounding communities with access to the complete spectrum of self-care therapies including all forms of daily home dialysis (short daily and long nocturnal), continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), and continuous cycler peritoneal dialysis (CCPD). Additionally, the company will offer patients individualized self-care training programs, while also providing them with innovative CKD wellness classes on topics including controlling blood pressure, stress management, exercise, nutrition, decreasing risks of cardiovascular disease and diabetes care.

“My Nephrology and Medical colleagues at Baylor College of Medicine are committed to providing our patients with the most innovative and effective care of patients with chronic kidney disease. We believe our affiliation with WellBound opens a new door allowing us to provide innovative care to patients with kidney disease” stated William E. Mitch, M.D., Director, Division of Nephrology at the Baylor College of Medicine, and medical director of the new WellBound of Houston program. “We’re proud to have played a key role in bringing the state of Texas its first WellBound center. We are even more eager to provide this benefit for patients with chronic kidney disease. “

The new center is located at 7505 South Main, Suite 120, Houston, TX 77030. For more information about Satellite WellBound and its mission to educate and empower kidney patients to lead more independent and healthier lives, please visit www.SatelliteHealth.com/WellBound or call WellBound at 713-799-9344 or the Baylor Clinic at 713-798-8350.

About Self-Care Dialysis
The term self-care dialysis refers to those dialysis therapies which patients are able to self-administer outside the confines of hemodialysis centers, including peritoneal dialysis and all types of home hemodialysis. A growing collection of clinical research demonstrates that more frequent, more consistent dialysis associated with home dialysis provides patients with improved health outcomes such as improved mortality rates and reduced hospitalizations. Home dialysis also offers significant quality of life advantages including greater convenience, more flexible schedules, and fewer fluid and dietary restrictions.

About Satellite WellBound
WellBound, a division of Satellite Healthcare, Inc., is an innovative leader in the dialysis community. As the first company focused exclusively on the full continuum of self-care dialysis options, WellBound frees chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients from in-center dialysis treatment regimens by offering multiple "self-care" treatment options. The company's unique expertise in personalized self-care training and patient wellness facilitates a higher quality of life and improved clinical outcomes for CKD patients, while enabling physicians to offer a new, superior level of care.

Satellite WellBound has established fifteen “Centers of Excellence” and is actively engaged in expanding its network of self-care dialysis programs to deliver wellness education and the full spectrum of self-care dialysis options, including peritoneal dialysis and daily home hemodialysis. To learn more about WellBound, a division of Satellite Healthcare, Inc., please visit http://www.satellitehealth.com/wellbound or contact the company directly at 1.800.476.5450.

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, visit www.satellitehealth.com

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Media Contact: Kim Hernandez, 650-404-3623

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