SNOW STROM INFO ON KIDNEY STORIES NOW!

From DaVita:

**DaVita Weather Alert** Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa
A major winter storm continues across the central U.S. today. Snow, heavy at times, with as much as a foot expected in some locations, is expected to fall over much of the central Plains. Sleet and freezing rain are anticipated across parts of the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys, while the system will bring the threat of severe w…eather to the Gulf Coast.
If you are a patient in this area, please take note of the DaVita Patient Emergency Hotline: 1-800-400-8331. Patients should call this number if they are displaced by an emergency.
Also, please make sure you prepare yourself including the possible need for a 3-day emergency diet. Be safe, be prepared! http://bit.ly/DaVitaEmergencyServices
 
From Fresenius: Fresenius Medical Care Preparing for Winter Storm Nemo in the Northeast           

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

 
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 4:53 pm EST 
 

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                    WALTHAM, Mass.       
 
 

      Public Company Information:         

          

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  “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.” 
 

WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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 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 generators and other supplies 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 by       state officials.    

      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:    

  • Keep emergency phone numbers handy. When bad weather threatens,         contact your local dialysis facility and follow their instructions      
  • Have a disaster plan. Talk to your doctor, dialysis care team         and family about what you should do if a disaster strikes. Keep track         of local weather forecasts.      
  • Gather emergency supplies. Have a first-aid kit on hand, along         with a flashlight (with extra batteries), blankets, battery-powered         radio, cell phone, non-electric can opener and any necessary         medications.      
  • Make sure you have a ride. If you are an in-center patient,         arrange for backup transportation to the clinic with a friend,         neighbor or family member.      
  • Plan for power outages. If you are a home dialysis patient and         you lose power, follow the directions given to you by the home         training staff for continuing dialysis in an emergency.      
  • Adjust your insulin. If you are diabetic, ask your doctor how         to adjust your insulin dosage if severe flooding is forecasted for         your area.      

      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       electrical power outages or 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 and remove extra fluids.    

      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 Dr. Babajide Salako, Director of       Corporate Operations Support, FMCNA. “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 disaster response plan has been tested and validated many times       in recent years, from Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac to tornados, floods and       severe thunderstorms. When such events occur, FMCNA coordinates efforts       across all levels of the company, ensuring the ability of staff to       provide patients with dialysis treatments, equipment and supplies,       medicines and lab services.    

      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 2,100 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 www.fmcna.com;       for information about patient services, visit www.ultracare-dialysis.com.    

 

      Contact:         

       Media contact: Full and By Brooks Toombs,        1-617-638-0022 / voice toombsb@fullandby.co or Company        contact: Fresenius Medical Care Rosemary Heinold,        1-781-699-4171 / voice rosemary.heinold@fmc-na.com    

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