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Satellite Healthcare Recognizes National Kidney Month with Educational Presentations at the Annual Dialysis Conference

Mar 9, 2017

Clinical Leaders Advocate for Patient-Centered Whole Person Care in Kidney Dialysis Practices; Introduce New Patient Liaisons

March 9, 2017 – San Jose, Calif.Satellite Healthcare, a leading national not-for-profit dialysis care provider, today recognizes World Kidney Day and National Kidney Month by emphasizing the role of humanizing dialysis in making life better for people living with kidney disease. Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) often feel overwhelmed by the dialysis process and a loss of control over their lives. At the 2017 Annual Dialysis Conference (ADC), to be held March 11-14 in Long Beach, California, Satellite Healthcare leaders will give presentations on the psychosocial effects of dialysis on patients and ways to ease the transition process. Also attending ADC are Satellite Healthcare’s PATHfinders, highly trained and compassionate patient liaisons who assist CKD patients starting down the path to dialysis.

Presentations at ADC include:

  • Keynote Address – “Changing Lives and Making a Difference: Home Hemodialysis Stories”

Brigitte Schiller, MD, Satellite Healthcare Chief Medical Officer

Saturday, March 11 at 8 a.m. PT

  • “Nurse Luncheon Break-Out Session: Ask Your Colleagues”

Paul Bennett, PhD, MHSM, GCAppStats, RN, Satellite Healthcare Director of Medical Clinical Affairs

Saturday, March 11 from 12:30-1:15 p.m. PT

  • “Supporting the Psychosocial Needs of the Patient on Home Therapy”

Paul Bennett, PhD, MHSM, GCAppStats, RN, Satellite Healthcare Director of Medical Clinical Affairs

Saturday, March 11 at 2:30 p.m. PT

  • “Care of the PD Catheter, Post Implantation and Chronic Catheter and Exit Site Care”

Joanna Neumann, RN, CNN, Director of Home Dialysis Training and Educator

Sunday, March 12 at 5:15 p.m. PT

  • “Integrated: Hepatitis C Virus Infection (HVC): Challenges and Opportunities”

Norma Gomez, MBA, MSN, RN, CNNe, Safety and Infection Prevention Program Manager

Sunday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. PT

  • “HD Nursing: Laughter: The Best Therapy During Dialysis

Paul Bennett, PhD, MHSM, GCAppStats, RN, Satellite Healthcare Director of Medical Clinical Affairs

Monday, March 13 from 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. PT

  • “A Sustainable Intradialytic Training Program Using Elastic Resistance Bands”**

Paul Bennett, PhD, MHSM, GCAppStats, RN, Satellite Healthcare Director of Medical Clinical Affairs

Monday March 13 at 9 a.m. PT

  • “PD Nursing Luncheon Session: Learn from Your Colleagues Panel Discussion: Practical Solutions to Practical Problems in PD”

Joanna Neumann, RN, CNN, Director of Home Dialysis Training and Educator

Monday, March 13 at 12:15 p.m. PT

  • “Integrated: Supporting Patients on Home Dialysis”

Joanna Neumann, RN, CNN, Director of Home Dialysis Training and Educator

Monday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m. PT

  • “HD Nursing: Hemodialysis Access-related Infections and Maintaining Safety of Your Hemodialysis Patients”

Norma Gomez, MBA, MSN, RN, CNNe, Safety and Infection Prevention Program Manager

Monday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m. PT

**Awarded Best Nursing Abstract

“World Kidney Day is a time for us to remember that kidney health affects people in very personal ways. Our mission is to make life better for those living with kidney disease, and we are doing that with Laugh Out Loud HD and additional services for our patients through the PATHfinder program,” said Dr. Brigitte Schiller, chief medical officer at Satellite Healthcare. “The presentations that we are giving at ADC all have one thing in common: they address best practices to provide individualized care and support the well-being of our patients both physically and psychosocially.”

PATHfinders provide education on treatment options, support patient decision making, navigate appointments (including access surgery), introduce the dialysis training team and follow patients upon admission to a dialysis center through the dialysis journey. PATHfinders ensure that each patient’s personal goals and desires align to optimize their health.

“I want each patient to know that everyone at Satellite Healthcare is here to help them live their best life possible,” said Chaquita Shannon, LMSW, Satellite Healthcare PATHfinder. “Regardless of illness or disability, each of us can have a life with meaning and moments of joy.”

PATHfinders are Satellite Healthcare’s latest innovation and a part of its Re-Imagine Home Initiative aimed at doubling its industry-leading proportion of patients who dialyze at home from 20 to 40 percent. Patients who dialyze at home have been found to lead longer and healthier lives.

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