Kidney Disease Screenings Offered At Trinitas On Oct. 16

ELIZABETH–Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s Renal Services Department, 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 KEEP screening program will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., in the Physicians Conference Room, Lower Level, Administrative Services Building, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, 210 Williamson Street, Elizabeth. Now in its sixth year, the October event offers urine testing, blood work, blood pressure screening, and health care provider counseling. The program is limited to the first 100 people, 18 years of age or older, and draws those who may have a family history of kidney disease. To register, call 1-908-994–5127.

Under the supervision and coordination of Peggy Custode, Renal Clinician, the KEEP event includes Trinitas medical staff and the services of student nurses from the Trinitas School of Nursing who assist with the various health screenings during the event. All consultations are conducted with confidentiality.

“Since we began the program as the only kidney disease screening event in the Central Jersey region, KEEP has drawn attendees from our immediate service area, Central and Northern New Jersey, and New York City. People have traveled significant distances to come to the KEEP event because it is such a valuable health screening. It’s a great opportunity for people to receive these free screenings and to speak with a Trinitas renal specialist about their individual concerns,” Peggy explains. “About 500 people have used KEEP at Trinitas to learn if the have any pre-renal conditions that they should be aware of. Very simply, KEEP has helped many people prevent complications leading to dialysis.”

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.

Trinitas’ three outpatient dialysis centers are now designated as 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program centers. Sponsored by Quality Insights Renal Network 3, which oversees renal programs in New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, the 5-Diamond Safety Program is an innovative training and recognition program to assist dialysis providers in increasing awareness and building a culture of safety among patients. The 5-Diamond Program focuses on program improvement and consistency for end stage renal disease patients on dialysis. Less than 20% of all dialysis centers in the state of New Jersey have achieved the 5 Diamond status.

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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