serving Our communities
We have a responsibility to improve the wellbeing of the communities we serve and make a positive impact on society. Through the power of our workforce, our position as a global healthcare leader, and our partnerships with leading nonprofit organizations, we’re changing the lives of patients, their families, and the broader community. Together, we support the advancement of compassionate, holistic renal care, and offer support to those in need.
Finding Possibilities, Funding Solutions
frEsenius medical care foundation
The Fresenius Medical Care Foundation was launched in 2018 with the goal of ensuring every eligible person who needs a kidney receives one. The Foundation educates patients, families, and friends about kidney transplantation, and — in partnership with the United Network for Organ Sharing, Donate Life America, and the National Kidney Foundation — creates bigger and better ways to find organs.
community relations programs and partnerships
Helping children Learn about Good Health with The Kidney Kids
We created The Kidney Kid “edutainment” program, which uses a superhero to take children ages 6 to 12 on adventures and teach them about kidney health. It includes a website, free smartphone app, and games.
Support of the Food is Medicine Coalition
As part of our COVID-19 relief efforts, we donated $250,000 to the Food is Medicine Coalition, which supports organizations across the country that deliver medically tailored meals to people living with kidney failure and other chronic conditions. The grant was used to provide food for people struggling to attain nutritious meals, as well as support the growth of the organization with three new centers.
RENAL SUPPORT NETWORK AND MEDICAL EDUCATION INSTITUTE
We foster patient communities through our support of the Renal Support Network (RSN) and the Medical Education Institute (MEI) with grants totaling $205,000. We're working with MEI to empower people living with chronic kidney disease by funding two program websites: Home Dialysis Central and Life Options, and with RSN to deliver high-quality education to chronic kidney disease patients and their care providers by underwriting their annual essay contest, teen prom, charity bingo, art contest, magazine articles, and podcast episodes. Together, we're helping people become knowledgeable and proactive about their care and invested in building friendships for a lifetime. We believe support networks such as RSN and MEI are critical to holistic care.
Supporting the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Pathways
We provided $100,000 in financial support for Kidney Pathways, a new online educational program developed by the National Kidney Foundation. Participants receive an individualized education program tailored to them and their kidney health.
“Our My Life, My Dialysis Choice tool empowers patients to align their values and lifestyle preferences with their dialysis choice, and ultimately choose what’s right for them to live as fully as possible. We are very excited to be piloting the tool in Fresenius Medical Care Transitional Care Units; this is a great example of how a non-profit can help advance a business initiative while providing a highly regarded, neutral resource to patients.”
Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
Hear from Our Experts
The Renal Support Network continually seeks thought leadership from clinical experts. Below is a sampling of the programs that leveraged our thought leaders for the RSN audience:
Contributing To The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
All corporate responsibility data is from 2020 unless otherwise noted.