Fresenius Kidney Care Joins Forces with The Johns Hopkins Hospital To Expand and Enhance Critical Kidney Care Services for Baltimore Area Residents

Eight New Area Dialysis Centers Offer Full Range of Kidney Care
Including Maryland’s Only Dedicated Center for Treating Children with
Chronic Kidney Disease

BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–People with kidney failure in Baltimore and the surrounding area can now
access dialysis treatments and a full spectrum of enhanced kidney care
services at eight new care centers, all through a collaboration between
Fresenius Kidney Care and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. With convenient
locations in Baltimore, Dundalk and Lutherville-Timonium, the
collaboration also includes Maryland’s only center dedicated to treating
children with chronic kidney disease.

“These new facilities have features that will enhance our patients’
dialysis experience,” said Bill Valle, executive vice president of
Fresenius Medical Care North America and president of Fresenius Kidney
Care. “Our vision behind these centers aligns the values we share with
The Johns Hopkins Hospital to improve the quality of life of every
patient, every day. We are excited to join forces with one of the
leading and preeminent institutions in the United States in our effort
to empower patients throughout their individual journeys so they can
continue living life, doing what is important to them and thriving.”

Fresenius Kidney Care is the nation’s premier network of dialysis
facilities
and is a business unit of Fresenius Medical Care North
America, the nation’s leading provider of integrated renal care
services. The new centers feature state-of-the-art offerings including overnight
dialysis
, individual media systems and heated, reclining massage
chairs to enhance the patient experience.

The new facilities are part of the network that achieved the country’s
largest number of top-rated Five-Star dialysis centers, based on the
Dialysis Facility Compare Five-Star Quality Rating System issued by the
federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Fresenius Kidney Care’s latest
Five-Star rating
builds on a track record of success. Each year
since 2006, the company has helped patients live longer and spend less
time in the hospital, improving mortality rates of its dialysis patients
and lowering the average time spent in a hospital setting by
two-and-a-half days.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital physicians will oversee the management of the
centers’ medical operations. Dr. Paul Scheel, division chief of the
nephrology department at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and vice president
of the Johns Hopkins Physicians, will work alongside the medical
directors of the new hemodialysis facilities.

“Chronic kidney disease is a considerable, but unrecognized health issue
in this country,” said Dr. Scheel. “We are pleased to be a part of this
initiative, dedicated to providing optimal dialysis services to our
patients.”

An outpatient pediatric hemodialysis unit will be located at The Johns
Hopkins Hospital, the only dialysis center in the state of Maryland
dedicated to treating children with chronic kidney disease. The center,
located at 1800 Orleans Street, will also have an area dedicated to
serving patients receiving in-center dialysis and another for people who
are on home
dialysis
.

The other seven dialysis centers are:

  • Fresenius Kidney Care Caroline Street, 409 North Caroline
    Street, Baltimore
  • Fresenius Kidney Care Fleet Street, 3700 Fleet Street, Baltimore
  • Fresenius Kidney Care Dundalk, 1732 Merritt Boulevard, Dundalk
  • Fresenius Kidney Care Lutheran Greenspring Drive, 1940
    Greenspring Drive, Lutherville-Timonium
  • Fresenius Kidney Care Nashua Court, 3 Nashua Court, Baltimore
  • Fresenius Kidney Care Broadway Street, 1900 North Broadway,
    Baltimore
  • Fresenius Kidney Care Eastern Avenue, 4940 Eastern Avenue,
    Baltimore

Dialysis is a medical treatment for individuals with kidney failure and
end stage renal disease that uses sophisticated medical machines to
replace many of the kidney’s essential functions required for survival.
The dialysis process filters harmful wastes, salt and excess fluid from
an individual’s blood, restoring a normal, healthy balance. The majority
of patients receive treatment at a dialysis center three times a week,
with each session lasting approximately four hours. Today, more than
450,000 people in the United States are on dialysis.

About Fresenius
Kidney Care

Fresenius Kidney Care, a division of Fresenius Medical Care North
America (FMCNA), provides dialysis treatment and services to nearly
200,000 people with kidney disease at more than 2,200 facilities
nationwide. Fresenius Kidney Care supports people by helping to address
both the physical and emotional aspects of kidney disease through
personalized care, education and lifestyle support services so they can
lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Fresenius Kidney Care patients have access to FMCNA’s integrated network
of kidney care services ranging from cardiology and vascular care to
pharmacy and lab services as well as urgent care centers and the
country’s largest practice of hospitalist and post-acute providers.

As a leader in renal care technology, innovation and clinical research,
FMCNA’s more than 67,000 employees are dedicated to the mission of
delivering superior care that improves the quality of life for people
with kidney disease. For more information about Fresenius Kidney Care,
visit www.freseniuskidneycare.com,
like us on Facebook at facebook.com/FreseniusKidneyCare
and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/FreseniusKC.

About Fresenius
Medical Care North America

Fresenius Medical Care North America is the premier health care company
focused on providing the highest quality care to people with renal and
other chronic conditions. Through its industry-leading network of
dialysis centers, outpatient cardiac and vascular labs and urgent care
centers, as well as the continent’s largest practice of hospitalist and
post-acute providers, Fresenius Medical Care North America provides
coordinated health care services at pivotal care points for hundreds of
thousands of chronically ill customers.

As the world’s largest fully vertically integrated renal company, it
offers specialty pharmacy and laboratory services, and manufactures and
distributes the most comprehensive line of dialysis equipment,
disposable products and renal pharmaceuticals. For more information,
visit www.FMCNA.com.

Contacts

Fresenius Kidney Care
Kate Dobbs, 781-699-9039
katherine.dobbs@fmc-na.com