Fresenius Medical Care
provides emergency aid
Italy In May, a severe earthquake strikes the Italian province of Emilia Romagna. As the facilities of Fresenius Medical Care are not disrupted, we are able to help affected companies. With the support of our well-established crisis management team, we deliver more than 200 dialysis machines to Italy at short notice and install them, thus enabling immediate and sustained treatment for dialysis patients in the region.
Fresenius Medical Care
responds to Hurricane Sandy
U.S. In October, Hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc on the east coast of the United States, posing a major challenge for patients and employees of Fresenius Medical Care North America. Around 230 clinics are affected. Fresenius Medical Care once again demonstrates how well it responds in crisis situations. We ensure that our own patients receive care, as well as treating dialysis patients in other clinics. We supply generators, gasoline, diesel, drinking water, medicine, and hot meals to facilities, patients, and employees in need.
Campaign to raise awareness
of renal function
Australia International World Kidney Day is held on March 8, 2012. Fresenius Medical Care Australia marks this occasion with its own “World Kidney Day” in Sydney. In addition, from May 27 to June 2, Fresenius Medical Care Australia runs a national campaign at various locations around the continent to highlight the importance of the kidney as a vital organ. The theme of World Kidney Day in 2012 is “Donate – kidneys for life – receive”, emphasizing patients’ quality of life after a successful kidney transplant and the life-saving aspect of organ donations. The aim of World Kidney Day is to raise awareness of the functions healthy kidneys perform, what factors put renal function at risk and what everyone can do to keep their kidneys healthy and prevent kidney disease. Fresenius Medical Care sets up information stands in well-frequented public places, drawing people’s attention to the message of the international World Kidney Day with presentations on renal function and treatment options for kidney disease. Postcards and promotional gifts also drive home the theme. In the course of the campaign, 500 people take the opportunity to have their blood pressure checked by dialysis nurses; high blood pressure is one of the risk factors for kidney disease.
dialysis machine produced
Germany In November, the 500,000th dialysis machine from the multi-award-winning 5008 series rolls off the production line at the Schweinfurt plant. Fresenius Medical Care began developing its own dialysis machines back in the mid- 1970s, and series production started in 1979. The very first model, the A2008, went on to become the world’s best-selling dialysis machine of its time, a leading position that the Company has maintained to this day with its follow-up models. Fresenius Medical Care donates the dialysis machine to the German Kidney Foundation in recognition of its outstanding work.
Award received for outstanding
achievement in social work
U.S. Fresenius Medical Care North America receives the Spirit of Excellence Award from “ Modern Healthcare” (independent U.S. business magazine in the healthcare industry ) in 2012 for work performed by social workers from Fresenius Medical Care responsible for Western U.S. The award recognizes outstanding achievements by companies and individuals that exceed expectations in caring for patients. The social workers have developed and implemented a new intervention model for patients who have difficulties meeting medical requirements themselves, in particular regarding the frequency and duration of treatment. They help these patients to avoid health risks and thus to minimize additional stays in hospital and the associated increase in healthcare costs. From September 2011 until March 2012, this successful intervention model is successfully rolled out to more than 400 clinics with 732 patients. As a result, 76% of patients improve their behavior. In October, we introduce the initiative in more than 2,000 clinics in North America.
U.S. In 2012, Fresenius Medical Care donates $10 M to help set up the Ben. J. Lipps Research Fellowship Program, a sponsorship scheme for research and development in the field of nephrology. The program is named for Dr. Ben J. Lipps, CEO of Fresenius Medical Care until December 31, 2012. Ben Lipps’ achievements are a prime example of how scientific findings can be creatively put into practice for the benefit of patients. (Each year, ten new fellowships are awarded and ten from the previous year are continued.)
First specialist conference
is a major success
Germany The first Fresenius Medical Care “Nephro Summit” is held in Berlin from March 30 to April 1. Participants come to find out about the latest developments in renal therapy. Experts give presentations and engage in lively discussions with some 330 visitors from more than 20 countries. The nephrologists are delighted – the event is a great success. This shows how important it is for specialists to meet customers directly. It also proves that Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma is on the right course with this event.
Down Under as a travel
destination for dialysis patients
Australia With more and more patients wanting to travel the world, the South Asia-Pacific region is becoming increasingly important. Fresenius Medical Care has a strong network of clinics in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia that provide dialysis in holiday resorts. To give patients the opportunity to discover Australia as a travel destination, the local Holiday Dialysis team runs a global campaign in 2012 with a prize draw for a one-week trip for two to Sydney, including return flights and with all dialysis requirements provided for.
Innovation prize received
Austria In November, Fresenius Medical Care in Krems is named the state winner of the “Jobs Through Innovation” competition. The award is a joint government and business initiative. At the Krems location, we develop and produce innovative blood-cleaning therapies. The award recognizes our products and people development.