Fresenius Medical Care Responding to Winter Storm Hercules in the Northeast

  Fresenius Medical Care Responding to Winter Storm Hercules in the Northeast

Nation’s Leading Dialysis Provider Activates Disaster Response Team to Ensure
             Continued Patient Care in Areas that may be Affected

Business Wire

WALTHAM, Mass. -- January 2, 2014

In anticipation of Winter Storm Hercules Fresenius Medical Care North America
(FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, has activated
its Incident Command Team to begin implementing plans to ensure continued
patient care in the Northeast, which may be affected by the storm.

While storms and other natural disasters can be inconvenient and even
life-threatening for entire communities, they pose an especially serious
health threat to dialysis patients whose treatments are delayed by flooding,
electrical power outages or an inability to access their normal treatment
locations. Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) typically need
dialysis treatment every two days to clean waste products from their blood,
remove extra fluids and control their bodies’ chemistry after their kidneys
have failed.

The Fresenius Medical Care Incident Command Team, assisted by divisional,
technical and regional employees, works closely with local governments and
community organizations such as the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER)
Coalition to prepare for and respond quickly to a variety of disasters. FMCNA
and its partners are ready to deliver a variety of supplies including
generators, fuel, and bottled water to facilities and employees affected by
this storm. FMCNA staff are also providing extra treatment shifts for patients
at clinics anticipated to be affected by the storm, including clinics that may
be required to close.

Patients seeking help with emergency plans or more information about arranging
alternate dialysis clinics should call FMCNA’s toll-free Patient Emergency
Hotline: 1-800-626-1297.

FMCNA recommends that dialysis patients have the following plans in place:

  *Phone numbers. Keep an emergency  contacts list, and call your dialysis
    facility when bad weather threatens.
  *Disaster plan. Talk to your dialysis care team and family ahead of time
    about what to do in a disaster. Monitor local weather forecasts.
  *Emergency supplies. Pre-pack a first-aid kit, flashlight and batteries,
    blankets, radio, cell phone, food, can opener and medications.
  *Transportation. In-center patients should arrange with a friend, neighbor
    or family member for backup transportation to their clinic.
  *Power outages. Home dialysis patients should follow the directions given
    during home training for continuing dialysis in an emergency.
  *Adjust insulin. Diabetics should ask their doctor how to adjust their
    insulin dosage if severe flooding or storms are forecast for their area.

FMCNA dialysis clinics are equipped with emergency backup electrical
generators to ensure that critical patient care continues in the event of a
power outage. If necessary, dialysis treatments also can be provided at
alternate facilities for patients – including those from other dialysis
companies – whose regular clinics are temporarily unavailable.

“Advance preparation helps us to ensure uninterrupted dialysis treatments for
our patients,” said Bill Numbers, Senior Vice President of Operations Support
and Incident Commander for Disaster Response and Planning. “FMCNA’s resources
and national partnerships give us the ability to coordinate the delivery of
resources from across the country to any locale within hours of a disaster.”

FMCNA’s natural disaster response plan has been tested and validated many
times in recent years, from Hurricanes Sandy, Ike and Katrina, to last year’s
series of severe thunderstorms, which left a trail of property destruction and
power outages stretching from Illinois to New Jersey. As part of its business
plan for continuous quality improvement, the company has incorporated the
lessons learned from each of these events to improve its processes, resulting
in very effective disaster response capabilities.

For more information on FMCNA’s disaster response efforts and important tips
to help patients prepare for any emergency, visit FMCNA’s Disaster Response

About Fresenius Medical Care North America

Through our leading network of more than 2,150 dialysis facilities in North
America and our vascular access centers, laboratory, pharmacy and affiliated
hospitals and nephrology practices, Fresenius Medical Care provides renal
services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States,
Mexico and Canada. We are also the continent’s top producer of dialysis
equipment, dialyzers and related disposable products and a major supplier of
renal pharmaceuticals.

For more information about the company, visit; for information
about patient services, visit


Media contact:
Full & By
Brooks Toombs, 1-617-638-0022
Company contact:
Fresenius Medical Care
Rosemary Heinold, 781-699-4171
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