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U.S. Kidney Dialysis Community Responds to Haiti's Emergency Plea for Life-Saving Dialysis Care
Date:1/17/2010

Kidney Care Partners' Members Provide Dialysis Equipment, Supplies, Medications, and On-the-Ground Clinical Staff to Haiti to Ensure Continued Patient Access to Life-Saving Treatment

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the wake of an earthquake that has devastated this Caribbean country, the U.S. kidney community has mobilized rapidly with the collection of millions of dollars as well as dialysis equipment, medications, supplies and clinical staff to assist in providing life-saving care to Haitian survivors living with kidney failure and in need of emergency treatment.

With hospitals and dialysis clinics in Haiti collapsed by the quake, members of Kidney Care Partners (KCP) – a coalition of patient advocates, dialysis professionals, care providers and manufacturers dedicated to improving quality of care for individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease – are working vigorously to respond to Haiti's pleas for dialysis assistance for this vulnerable population in need of multiple treatments per week to live.

"Our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of Haitians and their families near and far in the wake of such devastation," said Kent Thiry, Chairman of Kidney Care Partners. "KCP member companies and organizations representing all facets of the kidney care community have quickly and generously responded to this plea."

As an example, Thiry noted, Fresenius Medical Care loaded dialysis equipment and supplies onto the USNS Comfort, a floating medical treatment facility on its way to Haiti; the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) has helped recruit 70 trained clinical volunteers and physicians to assist in p
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