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El Camino Hospital and Satellite Healthcare to Enter into Collaboration to Strengthen Dialysis Service Offerings to Better Serve Patients and the Community

October 13, 2011, Mountain View and San Jose, Calif. – El Camino Hospital, an acute-care, 542-bed, nonprofit and locally governed corporation with campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, Calif., and Satellite Healthcare, a nonprofit dialysis-services provider headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with more than 20 dialysis centers in the Bay Area and nearly 50 nationwide, today announced that they will enter into a collaboration concerning dialysis services. This long-term collaboration will provide dialysis patients in the El Camino Hospital service area with the high-quality care and services that are hallmarks of both El Camino Hospital and Satellite Healthcare.

“El Camino Hospital is taking important steps to secure continued access to vital dialysis services for the community in the near term and to meet expected demand in the future,” said George Ting, M.D., medical director, El Camino Dialysis Services. “We believe we need to change our business structure and increase operational efficiencies and think we can best do this by enlisting Satellite Healthcare, which has focus and expertise in this area, to provide specialized administrative support services to El Camino Hospital’s dialysis centers. This collaboration will allow us to continue to serve patients in our community, and will benefit payors as well as patients as we apply best practices from both organizations.”

“Satellite Healthcare was founded by a Stanford University physician nearly 40 years ago, and our commitment to making life better for people living with kidney disease hasn’t wavered since,” said Mark Burke, President and CEO of Satellite Healthcare. “We are excited by the opportunity to support El Camino Hospital, which shares our commitment to innovation and to providing excellent, affordable patient care for the local community, in operating its dialysis program. We’re also pleased to bring our nationally recognized Satellite WellBound home therapy services to El Camino Hospital’s patients and, together with El Camino Hospital, to expand our in-center dialysis presence to the Los Gatos community.”

Under the terms of the agreement between El Camino Hospital and Satellite Healthcare,

  • Satellite Healthcare will provide El Camino Hospital’s dialysis centers with its advanced, paperless clinical information system and with certain “back-office” administrative services. Satellite Healthcare’s clinical information system will relieve El Camino Hospital’s dialysis staff from the administrative burden of manual data entry and support El Camino Hospital in achieving new operating economies at its dialysis centers.
  • Home dialysis services for El Camino Hospital patients and for local Satellite home dialysis patients will be provided through a new venture managed and majority owned by Satellite WellBound, the first healthcare services provider focused on personalized self-care training for home dialysis patients and on expert pre-dialysis patient wellness education.
  • El Camino Hospital will participate in a new venture managed and majority owned by Satellite Healthcare to open a new dialysis center in Los Gatos, an area where neither organization currently provides outpatient dialysis services.
  • El Camino Hospital continues to own and operate its existing outpatient dialysis facilities and all staff at its dialysis centers continue to be employed by El Camino Hospital.

About El Camino Hospital’s Dialysis Services

El Camino Hospital's dialysis centers have been providing dialysis services since 1968. Currently, El Camino Hospital has three dialysis centers, one located in Mountain View and two in San Jose. These centers serve the patients of more than 35 local nephrologists and offer patients the best in care by providing innovative treatment protocols. El Camino Hospital’s dialysis services have gained recognition for their pioneering work in daily in-center and home hemodialysis services.

About El Camino Hospital

El Camino Hospital is an acute-care, 542-bed, nonprofit and locally governed corporation with campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, Calif. In addition to state-of-the-art emergency departments, key medical specialties include heart and vascular, cancer care, urology, orthopedic and spine, neuroscience, genomic medicine, and the only Women’s Hospital in Northern California. The hospital is recognized as a national leader in the use of health information technology and wireless communications, and has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center as well as back-to-back ANCC Magnet Recognitions for Nursing Care.

To learn more, visit our website at www.elcaminohospital.org, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elcaminohospital, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/elcaminohosp. For videos on El Camino Hospital, see www.youtube.com/elcaminohospital. For a physician referral, visit our website or call the El Camino Health Line at 800-216-5556.

About Satellite Healthcare:

Satellite Healthcare, Inc., founded in 1973, 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.

Better care. Better life. Better choice.®

For more information about Satellite Healthcare and its mission to make life better for those with Chronic Kidney Disease, please visit www.satellitehealth.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/satellitehealthcare.

Media Contact: Kim Hernandez, 650-404-3623

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