Nonprofit dialysis provider Satellite Healthcare announced that the company's CEO Mark Burke would retire, effective May 31.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to lead Satellite over the last 23 years,” said Burke, who will also be stepping down from the board of directors. “I am very proud that Satellite has improved patients’ lives by pioneering patient-centered, personalized ESRD care. Satellite is an outstanding organization with the industry’s best clinical staff and a capable, experienced management team. I am confident that Satellite will continue to innovate and provide superior patient care for many years to come."

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Under Burke’s leadership, Satellite has grown significantly. Achievements include:

  • Expanding access to dialysis treatment in Northern California and beyond, growing to over 60 dialysis centers serving more than 6,000 patients in six states
  • Developing Satellite’s WellBound division, the nation’s first dedicated provider of self-care training for home dialysis patients
  • Founding the Norman S. Coplon Extramural Grants Program, among the nation's largest endowments sponsoring research into kidney disease and treatment
  • Founding Ascend Clinical, an independent dialysis reference lab
  • Introducing the only health plan in Northern California for Medicare beneficiaries living with end-stage renal disease

"For more than two decades as CEO at Satellite, Mark has dedicated himself to serving people with chronic kidney disease and those that care for them,” said Satellite Chairman of the Board Bill Long. “On behalf of the board, I thank Mark for his dedication and commitment. I also commend his strong leadership under which Satellite has remained at the forefront of the kidney care community with the delivery of excellent care and generous funding for research. We are extremely grateful for Mark’s vision and guidance."