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Diaverum acquires kidney centre in capital of Chile
[April 23, 2014]

Diaverum acquires kidney centre in capital of Chile

LUND, Sweden --(Business Wire)--

Diaverum, one of the world's leading renal care service providers, has acquired its seventh kidney centre Chile. The Diaseal clinic, located in Puente Alto, a highly populated and fast growing district in the south of capital Santiago, features 18 stations which are used to treat 100 patients with haemodialysis (HD).

"We are proud to add this large kidney centre in the capital of Chile to the global Diaverum network," explained Jorge Parada, Managing Director in Chile. "Renal patients in Santiago de Chile will now have access to highest medical quality and will benefit from our approach to individualised care. The employees of the Diaseal kidney centre will benefit from Diaverum`s training and career development programmes".

Introducing high quality and efficiency

When acquiring a new centre, the main focus for Diaverum is to provide the highest level of quality care while at the same time running the kidney centre in a very safe and efficient way. Thus, significant efforts are devoted to integration by way of 100-day and 1-year integration plans.

Giving the patients a choice

Diaverum Chile now operates seven clinics caring for more than 650 patients. As an alternative to HD, Diaverum also treats 45 patients in Chile with peritoneal dialysis (PD). PD is a home therapy during which waste products and excess water are removed from the blood nto the dialysis solution using the patient's peritoneum membrane in the abdominal cavity as a filter. The therapy can either be performed overnight or in four to five manual exchanges carried out over the day, improving quality of life for the patients compared to in-clinic HD. As well as in Chile, Diaverum provides PD in Argentina, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Uruguay to a further 600 patients.

Dag Andersson, CEO at Diaverum, commented: "Diaverum Chile is taking great steps towards our goal of offering integrated renal care - that is, coordinating renal and non-renal services around the patient. Apart from offering haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis treatment, our team in Chile is also engaging in prevention and, beyond pure medical treatment, offering beautiful holiday dialysis destinations, where patients can enjoy a vacation without compromising on the quality of their treatment.

"And with our new kidney centre, patients from abroad can now also visit the capital of Chile with the reassurance that Diaverum's quality in medical treatment and care is close by," said Dag Andersson.

About Diaverum

Diaverum is a global integrated care provider with a clear patient focus. As one of the world's leading renal care providers we stand for excellent medical quality, renal care services and a patient-centred research. Being product-independent also gives us the flexibility to offer individual treatments for the individual needs of our patients and by coordinating our patients' healthcare needs, we are improving their quality of life. At the same time we are creating value in the healthcare system by optimising the use of healthcare budgets - for the benefit of the patient and the society. Our experience in renal care dates back more than 20 years, when the first dialysis clinic was established, under the former name Gambro Healthcare, defining our Swedish roots. Today almost 8,000 employees care for more than 26,000 patients in 18 countries in Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Australia. The corporate office is located in Munich, Germany.

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