Bringing together leading experts regarding kidney disease research and patient care, Field Notes is an engaging forum discussing the latest developments, innovations, and trends that seek to improve outcomes and quality of life for individuals living with chronic disease. Fresenius Medical Care North America is the premiere healthcare company focused on providing innovative products and the highest quality care to people with renal and other conditions.


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Published: January 2022

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States was in the midst of a major health care challenge as the demand for nursing and other caregiver roles increased dramatically. Kathleen Belmonte, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Services for Fresenius Kidney Care joins Field Notes to discuss what is being done to retain and recruit qualified healthcare workers.  

Published: December 2021

For patients living with a chronic kidney disease, COVID-19 is a greater threat to their health than for others. That’s why the COVID-19 vaccines and subsequent booster shots are so important. Dr. Jeffrey Hymes, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Clinical Affairs for Fresenius Medical Care, and Chief Medical Officer and Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for Fresenius Kidney Care, joins Field Notes to explain why boosters are necessary, why they are safe, and why they are so effective to protecting our patients.  

Published: November 2021

Delivering new technologies that help patients connect with their care teams while at home has never been more essential than during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Jeff Burbank, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, joins Field Notes to discuss the importance of making connected health technology better and easier to use for home therapy patients.

Published: October 2021

Research has shown that more than 70 percent of a person’s health care decisions are based on laboratory results. Ines Dahne-Steuber, president of Spectra Laboratories, and Dr. Alex Ryder, medical director, join Field Notes to discuss the importance of Spectra’s new state-of-the-art laboratory in Southaven, Mississippi, and its critical impact on the care delivered to patients across the country.

Published: August 2021

Low levels of albumin have been associated with increased mortality in patients on dialysis according to many studies. A type of protein made by the liver, albumin keeps fluid from leaking out of blood vessels while nourishing tissues and transporting hormones, vitamins, drugs, and substances like calcium throughout the body. Dr. Kam Kalantar, an expert in kidney diseases and epidemiology, and Professor of Medicine at the University of California-Irvine School of Medicine, joins Field Notes to explain the importance of managing albumin in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Published: June 2021

With more than 1,400 nephrologists from across the country as network participants, InterWell Health is a physician led organization that brings together the expertise of a diverse and preeminent group of nephrology practices to advance value-based models of care. Kim Sonnen, President, and Dr. George Hart, co-Chief Medical Officer, join Field Notes to examine InterWell Health’s promising ability to improve patient outcomes while lowering costs.

Published: June 2021

A year ago, the FDA cleared a product for use in the U.S. called Novalung®, an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation system (ECMO). Listen as Dr. David Thompson, Vice President and Medical Director of Critical Care for the Renal Therapies Group, a division of Fresenius Medical Care North America, joins Field Notes to discuss successful experiences with the first ECMO system-FDA cleared for long-term use over six hours in patients with acute respiratory or acute cardiopulmonary failure.

Published: May 2021

Laura Kemper, Head of Federal Government Affairs, and Nate Elias, Head of U.S. State Government Affairs, join Field Notes to give a behind-the-scenes look at the efforts to forge a one-of-a-kind partnership with the federal government to procure and distribute the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to dialysis centers across the country.

Published: April 2021

This National Donate Life Month, hear directly from a former dialysis patient and beneficiary of a kidney transplant. Bridgette Chandler, HTRN, discusses her journey coming full circle from home dialysis patient to home dialysis nurse with Fresenius Kidney Care.

Published: March 2021

Last year in the U.S., home dialysis reached 14% of all treatments by Fresenius Kidney Care, and home hemodialysis with the NxStage system grew at an incredible 37%. Joe Turk, former president of NxStage Medical and current president of home and critical care therapies for Fresenius Medical Care North America, provides an inside look at how FMCNA’s merger with NxStage Medical is helping evolve and grow technology for home dialysis and critical care.

Published: March 2021

Originally developed to treat diabetes, SGLT2 inhibitors are potentially groundbreaking in slowing the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Dr. Robert Kossmann, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Renal Therapies, and Chief Medical Officer of Fresenius Medical Care North America joins Field Notes to examine how this class of drug can be used to intervene earlier with patients and is a key tool within value-based care.

Published: February 2021

When kidneys do not work, a cycle of damaging health events is started that can ultimately lead to significant bone damage for patients. Dr. Michael Anger, Chief Medical Officer of the Renal Therapies Group, joins Field Notes to discuss the methods used to prevent bone damage, preventing the need for additional and expensive therapies for patients. 

Published: February 2021

Nephrology has been under-represented in clinical research, even as we have witnessed rapid progress in precision medicine in other specialty areas. A new initiative to build the world’s largest renal-focused genomic registry by Frenova, the clinical research division of Fresenius Medical Care, aims to change that. Dr. Frank Maddux, Global Chief Medical Officer, joins Field Notes to explain how this groundbreaking registry will impact the future of kidney care for years to come. 

Published: January 2021

While the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines continues across the country, the FDA has also recently granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for new monoclonal antibody therapies specifically for COVID-19 patients living with chronic kidney disease. Chance Mysayphonh, PharmD, clinical pharmacist for Fresenius Medical Care North America, joins Field Notes to discuss how these exciting new therapies will be used in Fresenius Kidney Care centers.

Published: January 2021

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the work of dialysis nurses and technicians working inside hospitals and other major care facilities has been critical as a significant percentage of COVID-19 patients battle acute kidney injury. Gina Sharkey and Tana Waack, both registered nurses who work closely together as Vice Presidents of Inpatient Services at FMCNA, join Field Notes to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the front-lines inside some of the hospitals hit hardest by COVID-19.

Published: December 2020

With both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech distributing their COVID-19 vaccines across the country to battle the ongoing pandemic, Phaneth Keo, Pharm.D., Vice President of the Medical Strategies for Innovative Therapies at FMCNA’s Renal Therapies Group, joins Field Notes to discuss the science and process behind the groundbreaking emergency use authorizations by the FDA.

Published: December 2020

With the ability to provide patients greater control over their own treatment and improve their quality of life, home dialysis is a core component of the care model at Fresenius Medical Care North America. Even the federal government is pushing to see more patients treated at home. Dr. Michael Kraus, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Fresenius Kidney Care, joins Field Notes to break down the benefits of home treatment and provide insight into the company’s strategy and approach.

Published: November 2020

Health care providers throughout the world are working together to share key clinical information to improve patient quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare. Dr. Emel Hamilton joins Field Notes to share the details of how FMCNA is leading the way in improving care transitions for chronic kidney disease patients.

Published: October 2020

How has one of the largest, leading healthcare companies in the United States responded to the COVID-19 pandemic? Dr. Jeffrey Hymes joins Field Notes to discuss how the company’s efforts to prepare for a global pandemic enabled Fresenius Medical Care North America to stay ahead of the curve and keep its patients safe. 

Published: October 2020

Transitional Care Units help people recently diagnosed with kidney failure learn about the treatment options available to them including home dialysis. Dr. Dinesh Chatoth, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Fresenius Kidney Care, discusses the importance of comprehensive, hands-on education that is individualized for each patient, empowering them to manage their own care.

Published: September 2020

Dr. Ben Hippen, advisor to the Fresenius Medical Care Foundation and partner at Metrolina Nephrology Associates, discusses the importance of improving the organ transplant process for patients facing kidney failure and the health care industry in general.

Published: September 2020

Dr. Laura Niklason, co-founder of Humacyte, joins Field Notes to discuss the exciting potential of her company’s human acellular vessel, which could transform vascular access for dialysis patients.  

Published: September 2020

With hurricane season upon us, Bob Loeper, Vice President of Disaster Response for Fresenius Medical Care North America, joins Field Notes to discuss what it takes to ensure dialysis care for patients even after a major event when roads are blocked, and major utilities are down.

Published: August 2020

Dr. Peter Kotanko discusses a new mathematical model suggesting that pool testing is a more accurate and efficient method to map the spread of COVID-19 in certain communities.  

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Published: August 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, its impacts on the body continue to be understood. Dr. Ted Toffelmire, the Senior Director of Medical Affairs in Canada for Fresenius Medical Care North America, joins Field Notes to discuss a potential link between the devastating virus and acute kidney injury.

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Published: July 2020

Len Usvyat, PhD, Vice President of Applied Advanced Analytics, joins Field Notes to explain how artificial intelligence is being used to provide better treatment for people with kidney disease by predicting potential outcomes and future health care needs.

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Published: July 2020

Dr. Dugan Maddux, Vice President of Kidney Disease Initiatives for Fresenius Medical Care North America, joins Field Notes to discuss the consequences of food insecurity for people living with serious chronic conditions and the importance of medically tailored meals in treating kidney disease. 

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Published: June 2020

Dr. Ahmad Sharif, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer at Fresenius Medical Care North America, discusses the important use of telehealth to safely treat patients during the COVID-19 era and what the future holds for virtual patient care when the pandemic ends. 

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Published: May 2020

In this episode, we talk to Felicia Speed, LMSW, Corporate Director of Social Work Services at Fresenius Medical Care North America, about Physician Burnout: the emotional and mental strain that comes with providing care in a time of crisis. 

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