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National Kidney Foundation Serving Northern California The Pacific Northwest Elects Rick Barnett

SAN FRANCISCO — (March 1, 2018) —Rick Barnett, President & CEO of Satellite Healthcare, was elected Chairman of the Board of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), serving Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. This announcement coincides with National Kidney Month, which is celebrated annually in March to raise awareness of kidney disease and the importance of prevention and early detection.
“We are privileged to have Rick serve as our Board Chairman. His vast experience in health care, strategic planning and strong leadership will be invaluable in helping NKF advance our mission of improving the health and well-being of those affected by kidney disease and those at-risk,” said Nichole Ringer, Executive Director, NKF, serving Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. “Through Rick’s leadership, we aim to transform the way the public and the health care system view kidney disease.”
Barnett, currently leads Satellite Healthcare, a not-for-profit dialysis provider, headquartered in Silicon Valley. He has an extensive health care background that spans 30 years leading hospitals ambulatory care centers and physician groups. He brings his passion, expertise and energy to support a host of industry and community organizations.
“I am proud of the work that NKF does to support kidney patients and educate the medical professionals that care for them, and while we will continue that important work, I am also excited to help build and execute a new strategic plan that will help patients, today and tomorrow live healthier, fuller lives,” said, Barnett. “
As the leader of the NKF Board, Barnett’s top priority is developing a three-year strategic plan that focuses on creating results in two life-saving areas; living kidney donation and diagnosing patients with kidney disease before their kidneys fail.
Barnett succeeds Anne Barr, Bay Area CIO, Sutter Health, who previously served as NKF Board Chair from 2014 - 2016.
Kidney Disease Facts
30 million American adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease—and most aren’t aware of it. 1 in 3 American adults are at risk for chronic kidney disease. Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and family history of kidney failure. People of African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease. African Americans are 3 times more likely than Whites, and Hispanics are nearly 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanics to develop end-stage renal disease (kidney failure).
About the National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information about NKF visit