SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Satellite Healthcare, a leading not-for-profit dialysis care provider, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Norman S. Coplon Extramural Grants Program. Recognizing an increased need for research with near-term and widespread applications, Satellite awarded three 2016 grants for applied pragmatic clinical research with results that can be used to improve patient care today. The recipients for the 2016 grant program and their topics of research are:

  • Laura Plantinga, PhD, Emory University, “Improving Communication About Physical Functioning Between Dialysis Patients and Their Providers”
  • Matthew Rivara, MD, University of Washington, “Assessing Patient-Reported Experience of Care for Home Dialysis”
  • Bjoerg Thorsteinsdottir, MD, Mayo Clinic, “Evidence Based Encounter Decision Aid for Elderly Patients to Promote Shared Decision Making on Treatment Choice in End Stage Renal Disease”

Named after the Stanford University nephrologist who founded Satellite Healthcare, the Norman S. Coplon Extramural Grants Program has funded over $15 million in research to improve the lives of patients since 2000. Each 2016 recipient is granted $200,000 over two years of research. The program also includes an annual symposium where grant recipients share their findings, receive constructive feedback and participate in a free exchange of ideas with peers and members of Satellite's Scientific Advisory Board. This year’s symposium was held May 14 in San Francisco to present past grant recipients’ research and evaluate 2016 research applications.

About Satellite Healthcare:
Satellite Healthcare, Inc. has been among the nation's leading not-for-profit providers of kidney dialysis and related services since 1974. Through its affiliated services, Satellite WellBound, Satellite Dialysis, and Satellite Research, Satellite Healthcare provides unparalleled early patient wellness education, personalized clinical services, and a complete range of dialysis therapy choices. In addition, Satellite Healthcare has a well-recognized, enduring commitment to philanthropy and community service, from funding millions of dollars in research grants to sponsoring kidney programs nationwide. Satellite is committed to advancing the standard of chronic kidney disease care so patients can enjoy a better life.

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