National Kidney Foundation Honors Fresenius Medical Care Social Work and Nutrition Staff

Awards Recognize Leadership in Social Work and Nutrition, and Commitment to High Quality Patient Care

Waltham, Mass - April 26, 2011 -The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) will honor Jessica Phipps, Janice Malofsky-Berlowe, and Nichole Haynes, health care staff at Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), with awards for their commitment to patients and raising awareness of chronic kidney disease (CKD). FMCNA, the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, congratulates Ms. Phipps, Ms. Malofsky-Berlowe and Ms. Haynes on the awards that recognize their leadership and dedication to delivering the highest quality care to patients.

Phipps, the Regional Treatment Options Program Coordinator for FMCNA in New Jersey, will receive the "Merit Award," and Malofsky-Berlowe, Regional Lead Social Worker for FMCNA in the Burbank, Calif. area, will receive the "Regional Social Worker Award." Haynes, a Renal Dietitian for FMCNA in Nashville, will be recognized as the “Renal Dietitian of the Year for Region II.” The awards will be presented at the NKF Spring Clinical Meetings, Apr. 26 – 30 in Las Vegas.

"The NKF is pleased to present these awards to Ms. Phipps, Ms. Malofsky-Berlowe and Ms. Haynes for being leaders in their field, and helping patients with kidney disease by creating support groups, education and nutrition counseling programs, and other important initiatives," said Gigi Politoski, Senior Vice President of Programs at the NKF.

Phipps, MSW, LSW, has worked in the dialysis field since 2002. She has facilitated quarterly regional social work meetings and educated social workers on the use of outcomes-based interventions to assist patients, particularly in areas of treatment adherence, fluid management and to improve Kidney Disease Quality of Life (KDQOL) scores. She also started patient support groups and open houses for dialysis patient caregivers, and promoted public CKD education at community health fairs and support groups. She was the chairperson of the Council of Nephrology Social Workers (CNSW) NJ Chapter, and is currently the co-chairperson of a special interest group for the National Association of Social Work (NASW) NJ Chapter. Additionally, Phipps is a member of the ESRD Network 3 Renal Coalition Committee, and recently completed a two-year term on FMCNA’s national Social Work Advisory Board.

Malofsky-Berlowe, LCSW, has been involved in nephrology work since 1976. Over the course of her career, she has helped define the field of renal social work and has been a major influence on other renal social workers in her area. She has been Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles chapter of the CNSW for over twenty years. In 1989, she was honored with her Chapter's Social Worker of the Year award for outstanding achievement. She is a Master Social Work practitioner who has participated in several renal organizations, including the NKF, Network 18 Coalition and the National Organization for Renal Disease. She recently volunteered at the NKF Serving Southern California and Southern Nevada's Inaugural Kidney Walk, tirelessly raising funds and awareness.

Haynes, MS, RD, LDN, has provided exceptional contributions to the field of renal nutrition, and is especially notable for her leadership, creativity and public involvement. In addition to her rewarding work as a renal dietitian, she has been an inspiring teacher and mentor for other nutrition students, helping them become independent thinkers and effective clinicians. She is currently on the NKF Council of Renal Nutrition, and is also a faculty member for the NKF CME/CE Reviewer Board. She is a member of the Professional Education Subcommittee for the FMCNA Nutrition Network newsletter, and is currently serving as the Chair for the Middle Tennessee Renal Registered Dietitian Council.

"Jessica, Janice and Nichole consistently set high standards for nephrology social work and nutrition counseling, and we are fortunate to have such talented, dedicated people on our staff," said Carolyn Latham, VP Clinical Quality and UltraCare® at FMCNA. "We're proud to see them win these awards from the NKF, an organization that has been such a strong advocate and resource for people with life-threatening kidney disease."

About Fresenius Medical Care
Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS) is the world’s leading company devoted to patient-oriented renal therapy. Through more than 2,700 clinics in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Africa, we provide kidney dialysis treatments to approximately 210,000 patients worldwide. We are also the world's leading maker of dialysis products such as hemodialysis machines, dialyzers and related disposable products. Chronic kidney failure is a condition that affects about 1.9 million individuals worldwide.

For more information about the company’s more than 1,800 U.S. dialysis facilities, visit www.ultracare-dialysis.com (in English and Spanish). For more information about Fresenius Medical Care, visit www.fmc-ag.com or www.fmcna.com.

About National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation, a major voluntary nonprofit health organization, is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. For more information visit www.kidney.org.