Fresenius Medical Care Provides Uninterrupted Care for Dialysis Patients
Affected by Winter Storms
Company’s Efforts Ensure Life-Sustaining Treatments During Active Storm Season
WALTHAM, Mass. -- February 18, 2014
Just hours after Winter Storm Pax moved out of the U.S. Southern,
Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states last week, leaving behind a trail of storm
damage, stranded travelers and nearly 800,000 homes and businesses without
power, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading
network of dialysis facilities, resumed treatment for more than 15,000
patients at its 270 dialysis clinics in the affected area.
Whenever hurricanes, winter storms or other natural disasters strike, FMCNA
takes extraordinary measures to help meet the health care needs of kidney
dialysis patients – who require treatment every two to three days to stay
alive and healthy. This is especially important during active weather
patterns, as the U.S. has experienced this winter season.
"Our disaster preparedness strategies are increasingly being tested as weather
patterns occur with increasing variety and complexity across the country. We
are constantly being challenged to meet the demands of our patients, employees
and the ESRD community stakeholders during these weather related disruptions,”
said Babajide Salako, M.D., director of operations support and global disaster
Ahead of Winter Storm Pax, the company activated the Fresenius Medical Care
Disaster Response Team and emergency hotline. Many patients were dialyzed in
advance of the storm, and after the storm, FMCNA and its partners immediately
began implementing plans to deliver generators, fuel, bottled water and meals
to facilities and employees affected by the storm. As an integrated provider
of dialysis services and products, FMCNA’s vascular access centers,
laboratory, pharmacy and affiliated hospitals and nephrology practices,
provide renal services to hundreds of thousands of people in North America.
Throughout the event, the Fresenius Medical Care Disaster Response Team,
assisted by divisional, technical and regional employees, worked with the
Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Coalition and local ESRD networks
to prepare for and respond to Winter Storm Pax.
FMCNA’s natural disaster response plan has been tested and validated many
times in recent years, from Hurricanes Ike and Katrina to last year’s storms,
tornados and floods.
For more information on FMCNA’s natural disaster response efforts and
important tips to help patients prepare for any emergency, visit FMCNA’s
Emergency Preparedness website.
About Fresenius Medical Care
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
For more information about the company, visit http://www.fmcna.com; for
information about patient services, visit www.ultracare-dialysis.com.
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Brooks Toombs, 617-638-0022 / voice
Fresenius Medical Care
Rosemary Heinold, 781-699-4171 / voice
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