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Podcast: Hurricane Harvey and Disaster Planning

Hurricane season generally begins June 1 and lasts through November 30; the damage from hurricanes can affect an entire community. In 2017, the flood waters from Hurricane Harvey paralyzed the entire infrastructure of the city of Houston, Texas, causing many dialysis units to close. However, a DaVita center not only remained open but became a major response center for the area, treating many patients who had not dialyzed for several days. Listen to this podcast, in which Ashley Henson interviews Steve Fadem, MD, medical director of the Houston Kidney Center and the DaVita Integrated Service Network, on his experience planning for and executing the plan in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, as well as other storms.

Stephen Fadem, MD

Stephen Fadem, MD

Stephen Fadem, MD is the medical director of Kidney Associates in Houston, Texas and a leader in the fields of nephrology and disaster readiness. After medical school and moving to Houston, he joined the National Kidney Foundation, where he eventually served as chairman of the medical advisory board; he is currently fulfilling another term as chairman for the foundation serving Texas. While performing his role as staff physician to a large HMO, he set-up a CKD patient education program and developed a website called nephron.com as a public service to the renal community. During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he worked with the Baylor Clinic to meet the medical needs of dialysis patients displaced from their homes. He is the editor of three books—one about dialysis and two about kidney disease—, the author of numerous patient articles, and speaker at national meetings.

Ashley Henson

Ashley Henson

Ashley Henson oversees external communications and media relations for DaVita Kidney Care. In her five years at DaVita, she has handled international public relations, issues management and, most recently, helping DaVita make news about how it is transforming health care. She has worked in communication, marketing and event planning throughout her 13-year career and has a master’s degree in strategic communications from the University of Denver. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her partner and their two sons, traveling all over the world and seeing her parents and friends as much as possible.