Satellite Healthcare Joins Other Nonprofit Partners to Open Hawai’i’s First Dialysis Center Focused on High-Risk Patients

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HONOLULU–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Satellite Healthcare Inc., a leading nonprofit provider of kidney dialysis and related patient services, and three other nonprofit partners, today announced the upcoming opening of Hawai’i Kidney Care in Kuakini. The center will provide dialysis to patients who live with end-stage kidney disease in addition to other health conditions that contribute to their vulnerable health condition.

A one-of-a-kind facility in Hawai’i, the center is a partnership between Satellite Healthcare, The Queen’s Health System, Kuakini Support Services Inc. and Hawai’i Medical Service Association affiliate, Integrated Services Inc.

“Kidney disease is a serious problem in Hawaii, affecting nearly 20 percent of residents,” said Jeffrey Goffman, CEO of Satellite Healthcare. “Satellite Healthcare and our partners have extraordinary capabilities to provide a range of services to people with chronic conditions and help them live the best life possible.”

Hawai’i Kidney Care in Kuakini was created to address the epidemic of kidney disease on the island, as well as the lack of care facilities to allow high-risk patients to be discharged from hospital to receive their dialysis treatments. The center will offer both in-center dialysis and home dialysis training for patients who choose home dialysis, a treatment known for faster recovery times and superior outcomes.

“Queen’s is continually looking for ways to provide accessible, high-quality, and compassionate care to the people of Hawai’i. We are grateful for this partnership and are thrilled that this innovative center provides the treatments, comfort and convenience that will improve the quality of life for dialysis patients and their families,” said Jason Chang, Executive Vice President and Chief operation, The Queen’s Health System.

Garret Sugai, HMSA Vice President, Strategic Execution and President of Integrated Services Inc., added, “It is truly a privilege for HMSA to be a partner in this initiative and to help expand access to care for some of the people who need it most. We know that kidney disease affects the lives of so many of our family and friends here in Hawai’i and there is a lot of work to be done.

“Kuakini is delighted to partner with Queen’s, HMSA and Satellite Healthcare on the opening of a new community-serving ambulatory dialysis center,” said Gary Kajiwara, President and CEO of Kuakini Health System. “This project is a Kuakini story coming to fruition circle as we started the second ambulatory dialysis center on Oahu in the mid-1970s, then transferred that facility to a private provider in 1983 and the facility moved from the campus of Kuakini in 1996. Kuakini recognizes the critical need to respond to the growing number of people with chronic kidney disease.

The center held a blessing ceremony this morning in which partners from Satellite Healthcare, Queen’s, Kuakini and HMSA marked its opening on the Kuakini Health System campus.

B-ROLL VIDEO: To access video footage and interviews from today’s event, use the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/06zkedy2zpwfgyb/Dialysis%20Center%20Blessing%20Ceremony.mp4?dl=0 Out of courtesy, please credit HMSA.

About Satellite Healthcare

Satellite Healthcare, Inc. has been a leading nonprofit provider of kidney dialysis and related services since 1974 and is committed to maintaining a workforce that reflects its diverse communities. Through its affiliated services, Satellite WellBound, Satellite Dialysis and Satellite Research, Satellite Healthcare provides unparalleled kidney care services in patient wellness education, chronic kidney care management and personalized clinical services. It emphasizes the imperatives of value-based care, high quality, cost management, access to kidney care services, and emphasizes the importance of home dialysis therapies.

Satellite Healthcare has more than 95 renal and ancillary care centers in seven states and partners with leading integrated care groups, nephrologists, hospitals and health care systems in the United States, including an innovative joint venture with CVS ​​KidneyCare. Satellite Healthcare’s well-known mission to “make life better for people with kidney disease” includes an enduring commitment to philanthropy and community service, from funding millions of dollars in research grants to sponsoring programs kidneys nationwide. For more information, visit satellitehealthcare.com.

About the Queen’s Health System

The Queen’s Health System (QHS) is a non-profit corporation established in 1985 to provide expanded health care capabilities to residents of Hawai’i and the Pacific Rim. It is Hawaii’s premier family of healthcare-related businesses and has more than 8,000 employees and more than 1,500 physicians and affiliated providers in its statewide network. The QHS includes Queen’s Medical Center (Hawaii’s oldest hospital founded in 1859), Queen’s Medical Center – West O’ahu, Molokai General Hospital, Queen’s North Hawai’i Community Hospital, Queen’s Health Care Centers, Queen’s Island Urgent Care, Queen Emma Land Company, Queen’s Development Corporation, Queen’s Insurance Exchange, Queen’s Clinically Integrated Physician Network and Queen’s’ Akoakoa, and has interests in CareResource Hawaii, Hamamatsu/Queen’s PET Imaging Center, Diagnostic Laboratory Services and EmPower Health.

About HMSA

Caring for the people of Hawaii is our promise and our privilege. Working with employers, partners, physicians and other health care providers, we promote wellness; develop reliable and affordable health plans; and support members with clear, thoughtful advice.

HMSA is the most experienced health plan in the state, covering more than half of Hawaii’s population. As a recognized leader, we take responsibility for strengthening the health and well-being of our community.

Based in Oahu with centers and offices throughout the state to serve our members, HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

About Kuakini Support Services, Inc.

Kuakini Support Services, Inc. (KSS) is a not-for-profit corporation charged with developing alternative revenue streams for Kuakini Health System (KHS). KHS is a not-for-profit corporation organized for charitable, research and educational purposes to support and encourage social, health and medical care services. KHS is the parent company of four not-for-profit subsidiaries – Kuakini Medical Center (established in 1900); Kuakini Geriatric Care, Inc.; Kuakini Foundation; and Kuakini Support Services, Inc.; and these affiliates are committed to improving the health status of the community through comprehensive medical, surgical and acute emergency services; long-term care, residential care homes and geriatric care programs for the elderly; primary care services; medical and health care training and education programs; and biomedical research.

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