San Jose Commends Satellite Healthcare for 40 Years' Service to Kidney Disease Patients
Mayor recognizes company's commitment to Kidney Disease patients
San Jose, CA - March 11, 2014 — Satellite Healthcare, Inc., among the nation's leading not-for-profit providers of kidney dialysis and related services and a major sponsor of kidney research, today announced the City of San Jose has commended Satellite for 40 years of service to those with kidney disease.
San Jose's commendation applauded Satellite for continuing its mission of "researching and treating Chronic Kidney Disease." The commendation anticipates National Kidney Month, celebrated annually in March, and World Kidney Day on March 13.
Satellite Healthcare was founded as a not-for-profit, community benefit organization in San Jose in 1973, opening its doors to patients in 1974. In 40 years the company has grown to more than 50 dialysis centers in Northern California alone. In 2003 the company created Satellite WellBound, the first healthcare services company to focus on personalized self-care training for home dialysis patients as well as on expert pre-dialysis patient wellness education. On Jan. 1, 2014 Satellite opened Satellite Health Plan, the first Medicare Advantage plan available exclusively to Santa Clara County residents who have end stage renal disease and are Medicare eligible.
Philanthropy is also an integral part of the Satellite culture. The Norman S. Coplon Extramural Grant Program, named for the founder of Satellite Healthcare, is one of the nation's largest private endowments for research into kidney disease and its treatment. In 2008, the company funded The Norman S. Coplon/Satellite Healthcare Professorship in the Department of Nephrology at Stanford University School of Medicine.
"Community service is core to our mission of making life better for those living with kidney disease," said Mark Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer of Satellite Healthcare. "It's an honor to be recognized by Mayor Reed and the City of San Jose for our ongoing commitment."
About Satellite Healthcare:
Satellite Healthcare, Inc., has been among the nation's leading not-for-profit providers of kidney dialysis and related services since 1974. Through its affiliated services, Satellite WellBound, Satellite Dialysis, Satellite Health Plan and Satellite Research, Satellite Healthcare provides unparalleled early patient wellness education, personalized clinical services and a complete range of dialysis therapy choices. In addition, Satellite Healthcare has a well-recognized, enduring commitment to philanthropy and community service, from funding millions of dollars in research grants to sponsoring kidney walks nationwide. Satellite is committed to advancing the standard of chronic kidney disease care so patients can enjoy a better life.
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