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Nephrology Nurses Week Highlights Shared Passion of Mother and
Daughter Dedicated to Caring for Fresenius Kidney Care Dialysis Patients

Nephrology nurse Katrina Tamayo Guzman, RN, shares many interests with
her mom, Delia, RN, BSN, a clinical manager at Fresenius Kidney Care in
Elmhurst, Ill. Most striking is their dedication to caring for people
living with kidney disease who require dialysis to stay alive. During
Nephrology Nurses Week, Sept. 10-16, and throughout the year, Delia and
Katrina epitomize the passion and commitment of nurses who work with
dialysis patients at Fresenius Kidney Care, the dialysis division of
Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) and a leading network of
dialysis facilities.

Originally from the Philippines, Delia moved to the United States in the
1980s and began working with patients with kidney failure after some
time working in a nursing home. She has worked at Fresenius Kidney Care
in Elmhurst for 35 years.

At a young age, Katrina recognized she, too, had a passion for caring
for others. Following in her mother's footsteps, she enrolled in nursing
school. After graduating, she spent a year working in an intensive care
unit before moving into nephrology nursing. For the past two years,
Katrina has worked at Fresenius Kidney Care at Northwestern Memorial
Hospital in Chicago.

"I'm happy I've had such an influence on my daughter's career by
introducing her to the rewarding world of nephrology nursing," Delia
said. "We've both cared for patients with other diseases, but there's
just something special about kidney patients. You see them, day in day
out – you see the difference you make in helping them regain quality of
life. Every day that a patient is not sick is a good day. I'm proud that
my daughter and I play important roles in our patients' successes."

"Our nurses are special people, providing compassionate care and
proactive guidance to be sure patients continue their therapy and
thrive," said Bill Valle, chief executive officer, FMCNA. "Nephrology
nurses develop close and often lifelong relationships with patients,
enabling them to have a significant and positive impact on patients'
lives. Fresenius Kidney Care's nurses often stay for many years because
they are on the front lines and they know we value their insight as we
strive to continually improve the care of all of our patients. We are
truly grateful for their commitment, expertise and compassion."

Because nephrology nursing is unique, requiring a dedication to
one-on-one patient care and a passion for improving outcomes and
becoming an expert on the kidneys, the American Nephrology Nurses
Association (ANNA) launched Nephrology Nurses Week in 2005. The week
provides all involved – from employers to doctors to patients – the
opportunity to thank these dedicated nurses for their vital work. ANNA
also hopes to spread the word about the benefits of nephrology nursing,
and the various career opportunities within the field. Nephrology truly
is one of the most diverse nursing specialties, because nephrology
nurses care for patients of all ages, backgrounds and income levels who
have, or are at risk for, kidney disease.

Approximately 26 million people in the United States have chronic kidney
disease (CKD). An estimated 430,000 Americans living with CKD require
dialysis to filter their blood because their kidneys have lost the
ability to function effectively. To learn more about kidney disease,
dialysis and the compassionate providers at Fresenius Kidney Care, visit

About Fresenius Kidney Care

Fresenius Kidney Care, a division of Fresenius
Medical Care North America
 (FMCNA), provides dialysis treatment and
services to nearly 180,000 people with kidney disease at more than 2,300
facilities nationwide. Fresenius Kidney Care supports people by helping
to address both the physical and emotional aspects of kidney disease
through personalized care, education and lifestyle support services so
they can lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Fresenius Kidney Care patients have access to FMCNA's integrated network
of kidney care services ranging from cardiology and vascular care to
pharmacy and lab services as well as urgent care centers and the
country's largest practice of hospitalist and post-acute providers.

As a leader in renal care technology, innovation and clinical research,
FMCNA's more than 67,000 employees are dedicated to the mission of
delivering superior care that improves the quality of life for people
with kidney disease. For more information about Fresenius Kidney Care,
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About Fresenius Medical Care North America

Fresenius Medical Care North America is the premier health care company
focused on providing the highest quality care to people with renal and
other chronic conditions. Through its industry-leading network of
dialysis facilities, outpatient cardiac and vascular labs, and urgent
care centers, as well as the country's largest practice of hospitalist
and post-acute providers, Fresenius Medical Care North America provides
coordinated health care services at pivotal care points for hundreds of
thousands of chronically ill customers throughout the continent. As the
world's largest fully integrated renal company, it offers specialty
pharmacy and laboratory services, and manufactures and distributes the
most comprehensive line of dialysis equipment, disposable products and
renal pharmaceuticals. For more information, visit the FMCNA website at

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