Sat12202014

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El Camino Hospital strengthens dialysis service

El Camino Hospital has joined forces with Satellite Healthcare to expand its dialysis services.

Under the terms of agreement between El Camino Hospital and the non-profit Satellite Healthcare, based in San Jose, Satellite Healthcare will provide El Camino’s dialysis centers with its advanced, paperless clinical information system and additional administrative services. Satellite Healthcare’s clinical information system will relieve El Camino Hospital’s dialysis staff from the administrative burden of manual data entry and support El Camino Hospital in achieving new operating economies at its dialysis centers.

Home dialysis services for El Camino Hospital and Satellite patients will be provided through a new venture managed and majority owned by Satellite WellBound, the first health-care services provider focused on personalized self-care training for home dialysis patients and on predialysis patient wellness education.

El Camino Hospital is scheduled to participate in a new venture managed and majority owned by Satellite Healthcare to open a new dialysis center in Los Gatos, an area where neither organization currently provides outpatient dialysis services.

El Camino Hospital continues to own and operate its existing outpatient dialysis facilities and all staff at its dialysis centers continue to be employed by El Camino Hospital.

“El Camino Hospital is taking important steps to secure continued access to vital dialysis services for the community in the near term and to meet expected demand in the future,” said George Ting, M.D., medical director, El Camino Dialysis Services. “We believe we need to change our business structure and increase operational efficiencies and think we can best do this by enlisting Satellite Healthcare, which has focus and expertise in this area, to provide specialized administrative support services to El Camino Hospital’s dialysis centers.”

According to Ting, the collaboration will allow El Camino to continue to serve patients in the community, and will benefit payors as well as patients as the hospital applies best practices from both organizations.

El Camino Hospital’s dialysis centers have provided service since 1968. Currently, El Camino Hospital has three dialysis centers, one located in Mountain View and two in San Jose. The centers serve the patients of more than 35 local nephrologists. The hospital’s dialysis services have gained recognition for their pioneering work in daily in-center and home hemodialysis protocols.

For more information, visit www.elcaminohospital.org or www.SatelliteHealth.com.

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