Annual Kidney Disease Program at Trinitas Builds on Earlier Success

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ELIZABETH–Trinitas Regional Medical Center, in partnership with the Greater New York Kidney Foundation, will again serve as a Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) site where members of the community can receive valuable health screenings to determine if they are at risk for kidney disease.

This year’s screening program will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. through 2:30 p.m., at the Physicians Conference Room, Lower Level, Administrative Services Building, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, 210 Williamson Street, Elizabeth.

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Now in its fourth year, the October event offers urine testing, blood work, blood pressure screening, and health care provider counseling. The program draws great interest among those who may have a family history of kidney disease and is limited to the first 100 people, 18 years of age or older.

Under the supervision and coordination of Peggy Custode, Renal Clinician, the program uses the services of student nurses from the Trinitas School of Nursing who assist with the various health screenings during the event.

“In the past, participants have come from the local community, as far away as Burlington and Hudson counties, and New York City, to take advantage of the program to evaluate their status for pre-renal conditions so that they can prevent complications leading to dialysis,” Peggy explains.  “It’s a great opportunity for people to receive these free screenings and to speak with a Trinitas renal specialist about their individual concerns.”

The Greater New York Kidney Foundation recognized Trinitas Regional Medical Center for its successful community outreach following the medical center’s third consecutive year as a KEEP site in 2009.  Over that period of time, more than 250 people have received these valuable screenings.

Those interested in taking advantage of the Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) are urged to contact Peggy Custode, Renal Services, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, at 1-908-994-5127.


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