Press Releases

3/25/15 7:00 am EDT
Renal Research Institute (RRI), a division of Fresenius Medical Care North America, announced today that judges at the International Society of Nephrology’s (ISN) World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) in Cape Town, South Africa, have awarded RRI Research Fellow Dr. Viviane Calice-Silva the ISN’s Fellowship Poster 3rd prize. Dr. Calice-Silva’s submission is entitled Multinational study of the relationship between fluid status and left more...
3/12/15 2:44 pm EDT
In support of World Kidney Day today, and throughout National Kidney Month in March, Fresenius Medical Care is raising awareness of the importance of kidney health by encouraging the public to learn about chronic kidney disease (CKD), as well as the risk factors that can lead to CKD, and consider getting screened for the disease. Over 26 million people in the U.S. are believed to have CKD, a progressive, sometimes more...
3/12/15 7:00 am EDT
Heritage Development Organization, an affiliate of Heritage Provider Network (HPN), a national leader in coordinated care and integrated delivery network development and Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS), a diversified health care company and North America’s largest provider of kidney care and hospitalist services, announced an agreement today to develop physician networks and care coordination and population health management services in more...
3/6/15 6:00 am EST
Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS), North America’s leading provider of kidney care services, announced today that Mark Costanzo, President of its Fresenius Renal Therapies business, will be awarded the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) John V. Heher “Gift of Life” Corporate Award at its Gift of Life Gala on March 7 in Pittsburgh. Each year, the NKF presents the award to an individual, group or organization for outstanding service more...
3/5/15 10:40 am EST
Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading dialysis provider with more than 2,150 dialysis facilities nationwide, is celebrating National Kidney Month this March by recognizing recent progress in helping patients with kidney failure live longer, while reaffirming its mission to improve the quality of life of dialysis patients, every day. Data from the 2014 United States Renal Data System (USRDS) annual more...
2/25/15 10:14 am EST
This March, in recognition of National Kidney Month, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading dialysis provider, will host a series of “Healthy Lifestyle Days” in select clinics nationwide. The company is helping people with kidney failure live better lives on dialysis by encouraging them to eat well and stay physically active. Open to the public at no cost, the events are geared towards patients, their families more...
2/19/15 7:00 am EST
Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS), North America’s leading provider of kidney care services, announced today that its Dialysis Hospitalization Reduction (DHR) pilot has resulted in more than a 50 percent reduction in hospitalization rates, and a 50 percent reduction in hospitalization days among patients at high risk for hospitalization. The DHR pilot uses Fresenius Medical Care’s proprietary High Risk for Hospitalization Predictive Model to more...
1/26/15 6:56 pm EST
In anticipation of Winter Storm Juno – which is threatening much of the Northeast with blizzard conditions and up to three feet of snow – 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 areas affected by the storm. Patients seeking help with emergency plans or more information more...
12/15/14 10:05 am EST
Weather forecasters aren’t expecting another “Polar Vortex” to create widespread sub-zero temperatures across the United States this winter. But they are expecting a weak “El Nino” ocean-warming pattern over the eastern Pacific Ocean to contribute to above-average precipitation across the southern and eastern states, as well as colder-than average temperatures along the eastern seaboard and Gulf Coast. When severe weather hits, access more...
11/25/14 11:48 am EST
Planning a holiday meal that everyone can enjoy takes special effort when guests or family members are among the 430,000 Americans with kidney failure who depend on dialysis. Their diets require lots of high-protein foods, while limiting their consumption of foods containing sodium, potassium and phosphorus. In addition, many people with kidney failure also have diabetes, and their need to additionally control carbohydrate intake can make meal more...
11/11/14 9:00 am EST
Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the continent’s leading provider of kidney care products and services, announced today that it will be presenting a broad array of clinical research at this year’s American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week 2014 conference. In all, ASN selected 43 research abstracts from FMCNA authors to be presented during the conference, which is scheduled for Nov. 11-16 in Philadelphia, and expected more...
11/6/14 10:10 am EST
Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, announced today that Stephanie Johnstone, who has pioneered numerous innovations in nephrology social work during her 31 years with the company, has been selected to receive the 2014 Eleanor Clark Award for Innovative Patient Care from the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC). Johnstone, FMCNA’s San Diego-based more...
11/3/14 12:03 pm EST
Worldwide news broadcasts and headlines are filled these days with reports of the deadly Ebola virus. Yet most Americans are far more likely to be affected by the common seasonal flu, a contagious respiratory illness carried by airborne viruses and spread by sneezing and coughing, which each year infects millions of people in this country and causes more than 200,000 to be hospitalized. For most people, the flu’s symptoms of fatigue, more...
10/7/14 9:00 am EDT
Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, partnered with the Tennessee Kidney Foundation to screen more than 200 people during the recent WSMV 4 Healthy 4 Life Expo to determine their risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD – which affects more than 26 million Americans – is a potentially life-threatening loss of kidney function that often goes undiagnosed in more...
9/30/14 10:31 am EDT
A major national healthcare provider is taking a stand to “Slug the Flu Bug” by offering flu shots to all 180,000 patients who receive care at Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) dialysis facilities, and to the company’s 50,000 employees across the country, at no cost to the recipients. Besides the shots, FMCNA, the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, has launched a company-wide awareness program to educate more...
9/17/14 9:00 am EDT
Football season is back in full swing, and Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, is once again teaming up with celebrity chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. to help dialysis patients share the excitement – and the fabulous food – that goes with America’s favorite sport. FMCNA is bringing chef McCargo to several U.S. cities this fall to demonstrate his recipes for delicious, game-time dishes that more...
9/8/14 9:00 am EDT
People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have to be careful about what they eat to help control the progression of the disease. And patients who depend on dialysis after their CKD has progressed to kidney failure have to be especially cautious about foods that are high in salt, phosphorus, or potassium. That’s why Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, is bringing celebrity chef more...
8/28/14 9:00 am EDT
With yoga becoming an increasingly popular exercise and fitness activity across the United States, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, has asked Lakshmi Voelker, a noted author, lecturer and yoga instructor, to create a “chair yoga” program specifically for dialysis patients. Patients with kidney failure who depend on dialysis typically have to remain seated for more...
6/30/14 9:00 am EDT
Summer is here again, and for millions of Americans that means it’s time for picnics, potluck dinners and cooking outside on the grill. Yet many traditional barbecue dishes are off limits for the more than 450,000 Americans with kidney failure who depend on dialysis – a life-sustaining process that cleans waste products from the blood and removes extra fluids. Because the dialysis diet has strict limitations on salt, potassium and more...
6/10/14 6:00 am EDT
Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS) and Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced today a collaborative care model designed to improve the quality of care for Aetna’s Medicare Advantage members who have end stage renal disease, while lowering health care costs. Fresenius Medical Care North America’s (FMCNA) nationally-recognized care management program is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and creates a new approach for the more...
5/21/14 9:00 am EDT
When a deadly tornado with winds up to 200 miles per hour swept through Louisville, Miss., on April 28, nine patients and five staff members were inside the Fresenius Medical Care Winston County dialysis clinic. The building sustained extensive damage to its windows, walls and roof, but no patients or staff were injured. As the storm subsided, staff members quickly began rolling out emergency plans to treat the clinic’s patients at other nearby more...
5/1/14 7:00 am EDT
Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the continent’s leading provider of kidney care services, announced today that its 2014 Annual Medical Quality Report is now available here or online at http://www.fmcna.com/fmcna/DialysisCompany/AnnualMedicalQualityReport/2014AnnualMedicalQualityReport/index.htm. “Through this report we intend to provide insight into how FMCNA approaches comprehensive and coordinated care for patients with more...
4/24/14 9:00 am EDT
Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, announced today that Stephanie Johnstone, FMCNA West Division lead social worker, has received the annual Robert W. Whitlock Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF’s) Council of Nephrology Social Workers. Johnstone, who is based in San Diego, received the award on April 23 at the NKF’s 2014 Spring more...
4/8/14 6:02 am EDT
Fresenius Medical Care Renal Therapies Group (RTG) , the continent’s leading provider of kidney care products, announced today that Dr. Jose A. Diaz-Buxo, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, has decided to retire as of May 31. Dr. Robert Kossmann will assume this position beginning July 1. Dr. Diaz-Buxo joined Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) in 1996 as president of the company’s Peritoneal Dialysis Services and more...
3/17/14 1:16 pm EDT
Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. has met a lot of people with kidney failure in recent years, while working with Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) to develop and share recipes and healthy cooking tips for people on dialysis. But until recently, he’d never been tested for chronic kidney disease (CKD), a progressive loss of kidney function that can take place over a period of months or years. McCargo knows, however, that more...
3/6/14 9:00 am EST
More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD), but many don’t realize it because people often do not have symptoms early in the disease. This March, during National Kidney Month, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, is urging Americans to learn more about CKD. Those who are at risk should get screened regularly, since early intervention may slow the progression of more...
3/3/14 11:00 am EST
This March, during National Kidney Month, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) is bringing Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. on a four-city media tour of regions with some of the country’s highest rates of kidney failure to share his recipes and tips for preparing mouth-watering meals that people on dialysis, or anyone, would love. McCargo’s tour begins in Knoxville, Tenn., on March 4 then moves on to:• Cleveland, Ohio, on more...
2/18/14 1:23 pm EST
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 more...
1/28/14 9:00 am EST
Dialysis patients looking to escape the cold or take advantage of snow-related recreation can choose from destinations that include a variety of popular U.S. vacation spots, where they can take in the sights while still receiving regular dialysis treatments. Over the past several years, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, has added more than 200 dialysis clinics to its more...
1/2/14 3:46 pm EST
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 more...
12/18/13 9:00 am EST
Although the holidays are traditionally a time of joy and celebration, the pace of the season can be stressful for kidney failure patients who depend on frequent visits to the dialysis clinic for life-sustaining treatments. For those seeking a less hectic environment in which to receive treatment, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) recommends patients consider home dialysis. This holiday season, FMCNA, the nation’s more...
11/20/13 11:30 am EST
For many Americans, Thanksgiving means family gatherings, fabulous food, and leftover turkey and fixings that can last for days after the big feast. Yet holiday meals can be difficult for the nearly 400,000 Americans with kidney failure who depend on dialysis – a life-sustaining filtration process that removes waste products and extra fluids from their blood. Dialysis patients need to limit their intake of salt, saturated fats, potassium and more...
10/22/13 8:30 am EDT
Spectra Laboratories, Inc., a subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co KGaA, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the operating assets of Shiel Medical Laboratory, Inc., located in Brooklyn, New York. The acquisition will expand Spectra’s existing laboratory services capabilities in the metropolitan New York market and allow it to serve a broader base of health care providers and more...
10/21/13 12:00 pm EDT
Next week marks the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, the late-season tropical cyclone that swept through the Caribbean and up the U.S. East Coast – killing more than 180 people, leaving millions more without power and causing more than $60 billion in damages to public and private property. If another major storm develops during the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading more...
10/18/13 9:00 am EDT
This year’s Boston Kidney Walk, hosted by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Serving New England, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Canal Park in Cambridge. Sponsored by Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), operator of the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, the annual Boston event is aiming to raise at least $500,000 to fight kidney disease by educating, empowering and supporting kidney patients, their families more...
10/17/13 8:00 am EDT
Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading dialysis provider, and Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr., host of Food Network’s cooking show “Big Daddy’s House”, are bringing the “flavor of bold” to Houston on Tuesday, Oct. 22. With more than 32,000 dialysis patients in Texas and football season in full swing, McCargo will visit Houston as part of a five-city, cross-country tour to meet with dialysis patients and their more...
10/8/13 9:00 am EDT
With early cases of seasonal flu already being reported in the U.S., Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, is strongly encouraging dialysis patients to get flu shots to protect themselves against this common infectious disease. In October, FMCNA will once again begin offering free vaccinations, which protect against both seasonal flu and H1N1 swine flu, to all of its dialysis patients more...
10/4/13 3:29 pm EDT
In anticipation of Tropical Storm Karen, 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 throughout the Gulf Coast, 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 more...
9/19/13 9:00 am EDT
Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, today launched its second annual Champions in Motion program, which recognizes dialysis patients across the country who have distinguished themselves by their commitment to regular physical activity. The program is part of FMCNA’s Healthy Lifestyle initiative, which aims to help people with kidney failure live better lives on dialysis by more...
8/19/13 10:58 am EDT
With football season just around the corner, Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. is taking his “flavor of bold” cuisine and recipes on the road to several U.S. cities where fans know how to enjoy their tailgating festivities. Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) is bringing Chef McCargo on a five-city tour so that dialysis patients and their families can meet the chef and learn about kidney-friendly tailgating foods that are affordable, easy more...
7/18/13 11:00 am EDT
Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading provider of dialysis and care for renal patients, is proud to announce that Dr. Dobri Kiprov, medical director for its Apheresis Care Group, was recently chosen by the American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) to receive the annual Francis S. Morrison, M.D. Memorial Award and Lecture. Dr. Kiprov presented his keynote lecture, “The Plausible Future of Therapeutic Plasma more...
6/26/13 2:00 pm EDT
Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, is pleased to honor the following FMCNA clinical managers as winners of the 2013 Ernestine M. Lowrie Award for Clinical Excellence: Brenda Capuyan, R.N., from Gulfport, Miss.; Carla Decky, R.N., from Philadelphia, Pa.; Dottie Moody-Lagasse, R.N., from Westbrook, Maine; and Shelly Parker, R.N., from Denver, Colo. The Lowrie Award more...
5/21/13 4:15 pm EDT
With construction crews still repairing damage from last year’s catastrophic Hurricane Sandy and residents of Moore, Okla. just starting to deal with the tragic aftermath of yesterday’s devastating tornado, the importance of being prepared for natural disasters has never been more apparent. That’s especially true with the 2013 hurricane season beginning next week, and weather forecasters predicting another busy year for hurricane activity more...
5/20/13 10:37 am EDT
Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, today announced that it has once again been recognized for outstanding health care case management with two “Case In Point” Platinum Awards from Dorland Health, the publisher of Case In Point magazine. Fern Parlier, FMCNA’s vice president of UltraCare® Customer Connection, and Barbara Williams, director of UltraCare case management, accepted more...
5/8/13 1:05 pm EDT
Modern Healthcare magazine presented one of its coveted “Spirit of Excellence” awards this week to Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, in recognition of the company’s innovative new social work program, which has increased patients’ adherence to dialysis treatments by addressing quality of life issues. FMCNA was selected as winner of the “Team Spirit” award for its ability to more...
4/8/13 7:00 am EDT
Heritage California ACO (HCACO), a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization and affiliate of Heritage Provider Network, and Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS), North America’s largest provider of kidney care services, announced an agreement today to provide integrated health care management for HCACO’s patients who have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). The agreement supports a population health program that allows Fresenius Medical Care to work with more...
3/14/13 9:00 am EDT
With high blood pressure now the second most common cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the United States (behind only diabetes), Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) wants people to know that controlling their blood pressure can slow the progression of CKD, and help prevent heart disease and strokes in those who are on dialysis. This March during National Kidney Month, FMCNA, the nation’s leading network of dialysis more...
3/7/13 11:00 am EST
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects millions of Americans and requires about 400,000 of those whose kidneys have failed to rely on life-sustaining dialysis treatments to clean waste products and remove extra fluids from their blood. Kidney failure is also often associated with heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other ailments – but despite these conditions, incorporating a healthy lifestyle can help dialysis patients more...
2/20/13 1:45 pm EST
In recognition of National Kidney Month this March, Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. is taking his kidney-friendly recipes and signature “flavor of bold” cuisine on the road to several U.S. cities. Organized and sponsored by Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), this four-city tour is intended to call attention to how diets featuring fresh, flavorful ingredients can be healthy for patients on dialysis, as well as tasty, affordable, more...
2/7/13 4:53 pm EST
In anticipation of Winter Storm Nemo, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, has activated its Emergency Response Team to begin implementing plans to ensure continued patient care throughout areas in the Northeast which may be affected by the storm. The Fresenius Medical Care Disaster Response Team, assisted by divisional, technical and regional employees, works closely more...