By the 1960s, patients often traveled great distances to a regional medical
center for life saving dialysis treatments.
Dr. Norm Coplon, Satellite’s founder, believed it was possible to
provide individualized dialysis care in a friendlier, more comfortable
environment closer to where patients lived. With only six patients, the
first Satellite dialysis center opened March 1st, 1974.
Today, Satellite Healthcare’s staff of over 1500 work to improve
the quality of life for more than 6500 patients, across 80 centers and
And, this is just the beginning. Our next 40 years promise to be just as
exciting as our first.
1st Center Opens in March 1974
Located in a tiny building, tucked behind a gas station in west San Jose,
California, it was the first free-standing dialysis center in Santa Clara County.
Treating the “Whole” Patient
As the number of patients grew and new centers opened, Satellite staff
realized patients did better when treated for more than just their kidney
disease. By taking time to get really know each patient, we could treat
the whole person and improve each patient's overall quality of life.
Giving Patients Access to Latest Treatment Options
In the 1980’s, new dialysis treatment options offered patients more
flexibility and better outcomes. Satellite was an early pioneer in bringing
a range of dialysis options to patients.
Expert Pre-Dialysis Wellness Education
Satellite WellBound was the first provider to offer free
wellness classes to educate and empower pre-dialysis patients and their families to help
them lead longer, healthier lives.
Defining the Future of CKD Patient Care
From its early days, Satellite recognized the important role of supporting applied
clinical research. Each year, Satellite funds worthwhile projects that seek to improve the
lives of those living with kidney disease.
A Passion for Community Involvement
Long before the first center opened, Dr. Coplon was an active volunteer
in many CKD
community organizations. His passion lives on today. Satellite teams consistently volunteer time
to community organizations in their neighborhood and beyond.
Satellite Healthcare History 101: A Legacy Alive and Well