Annual Kidney Disease Program Returns For Fifth Year At Trinitas

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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, October 18, 10 am – 2:30 pm, at the Physicians Conference Room, Lower Level, Administrative Services Building, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, 210 Williamson Street, Elizabeth.

Now in its fifth 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. “Over the past several years, our program has drawn attendees from our immediate area, Central and Northern New Jersey and New York City. About 400 people have used the program to find out if the have any pre-renal conditions that they should be aware of. It has helped many 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.”

In 2009, 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.

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

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