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WellBound Teams With Kaiser Permanente to Open New Self-Care Dialysis Center in Sacramento, CA
Date:10/9/2007

Company Grows Total Number of WellBound Programs to Eleven

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- WellBound, the first company focused exclusively on providing pre-dialysis wellness education and supporting the full spectrum of self-care dialysis therapies, today announced the opening of its 11th specialized self-care dialysis center. Located is Sacramento, CA, this "Center of Excellence" will support nephrologists based at Kaiser Permanente's Sacramento Medical Center, as well as other community nephrologists, in providing chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients with early-stage wellness education in combination with innovative self-care dialysis therapies.

This opening represents an extension of WellBound's affiliation with Kaiser Permanente. In 2005, WellBound opened a center in Emeryville, CA in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente to provide the community with more extensive CKD wellness education and specialized self-care dialysis services.

"We are excited to be collaborating with the fine team of nephrologists at Kaiser Permanente on another WellBound center in Northern California," said Marc Branson, WellBound's chief executive officer. "For more than two years we have successfully teamed with Kaiser nephrologists in the San Francisco Bay Area to deliver valuable pre-dialysis patient education programs and innovative self-care dialysis therapies. Today's new center opening will allow us to expand our reach to the Sacramento area while continuing to provide valuable clinical services to the Kaiser Permanente team."

Through its unique programs, WellBound delivers an innovative service offering that emphasizes patient wellness and health education. As part of its clinical model, the company provides community nephrologists with comprehensive clinical support services that are not typically found in traditional dialysis centers. Delivered by WellBound's team of self-care dialysis professionals, the support services include:

-- CKD wellness programs, including topics on controlling blood pressure,

stress management, exercise, nutrition and diabetes care

-- Early renal replacement education classes addressing kidney

transplantation, dialysis therapy options, and vascular access planning

-- Individualized training programs for all forms of self-care dialysis

-- Full clinical care coordination services delivered by Certified

Nephrology Nurses

-- 24/7 telephonic patient care support

"At Kaiser Permanente, we are guided by our commitment to providing superior medical care to our patient community," said Prabhakar L Kollipara, M.D., F.A.C.P., chief of nephrology Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento/Roseville. "We feel that WellBound's combination of pre-dialysis patient education and innovative self-care dialysis treatment options provides the type of early-stage and comprehensive treatment approach that maximizes patient wellness."

"The opening of this new center will provide CKD patients in Sacramento and the surrounding communities with access to a high-quality and unique treatment program," said Jignesh Patel, M.D., medical director of the WellBound center in Sacramento. "This center will be particularly valuable for those CKD patients not yet requiring dialysis therapy, as they will have access to WellBound's specialized wellness education classes. These classes, in combination with the CKD education provided by Kaiser Permanente, will assist pre-dialysis patients in maintaining their health and potentially delaying the need for dialysis therapy."

About Self-Care Dialysis

The term self-care dialysis refers to those dialysis therapies which patients are able to self-administer outside the confines of hemodialysis centers, including peritoneal dialysis and all types of home hemodialysis. A growing collection of clinical research demonstrates that more frequent, more consistent dialysis associated with self-care provides patients with improved health outcomes such as improved mortality rates and reduced hospitalizations. Home dialysis also offers significant quality of life advantages including greater convenience, more flexible schedules, and fewer fluid and dietary restrictions.

About WellBound

WellBound is an affiliate of Satellite Healthcare, an innovative leader in the dialysis community. As the first company focused exclusively on the full continuum of self-care dialysis options, WellBound frees chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients from in-center dialysis treatment regimens by offering multiple "self-care" treatment options. The company's unique expertise in personalized self-care training and patient wellness facilitates a higher quality of life and improved clinical outcomes for CKD patients, while enabling physicians to offer a new, superior level of care.

WellBound has established eleven "Centers of Excellence" and is actively engaged in expanding its network of self-care dialysis programs to deliver wellness education and the full spectrum of self-care dialysis options, including peritoneal dialysis and daily home hemodialysis. To learn more about WellBound, please visit http://www.satellitehealth.com/wellbound or contact the company directly at 1.800.476.5450.

Contacts:

WellBound Vida Communication

Marc Branson Stephanie Diaz

(650) 404-3613 (415) 675-7400

Tim Brons (media)

(415) 675-7402


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