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 for community members to receive information about their risk for kidney disease. The KEEP event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 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 seventh year, the October event will provide attendees with the opportunity to speak with a healthcare professional about kidney disease as well as complete a risk survey, obtain a body mass index (BMI) measurement, undergo a blood pressure check, and receive free educational materials. The program is open to people 18 years of age or older and is designed to draw those with a family history of kidney disease as well as those who may not be aware of any family history. To register, call 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. All patient consultations with health care professionals will be conducted in private.
“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,” explains Custode. “People have traveled long distances to come to the KEEP event because they value the information they receive. The format this year opens the event to a broader spectrum of the community, many of whom may have not considered the possibility that they may be at risk for kidney disease. People will be able to speak with a Trinitas renal specialist about their individual concerns,” Custodeexplains.
There will also be information about the THRIVE (The High Risk Intervention via Education) Program, a chronic kidney disease program at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. “THRIVE offers early intervention and is designed to slow down the progression of kidney disease among those with hypertension and diabetes, two primary causes of kidney disease,” Custode notes. “Renal Services has been successful in helping many kidney disease patients who have benefited from the program. Recommendations about treatment options and compliance as well as emotional assistance in adjusting to dialysis are the basis of how renal specialists and clinicians at Trinitas improve the quality of life of kidney disease patients. In addition, we are also proud of our very effective consultations with patients that have resulted in kidney transplants, the best possible outcomes for those with kidney disease.”
Since it began to host KEEP events, Trinitas has helped about 600 people learn if the have any pre-renal conditions that they should be aware of and helped many of them to prevent complications leading to dialysis. “This year, we hope to reach even more people to inform them about kidney disease,” Custode sums up.
Trinitas’ three outpatient dialysis centers are recognized 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 New Jersey have achieved the 5 Diamond status.
Those interested in coming to the Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) may contact Peggy Custode, Renal Services, Trinitas Regional Medical Center at 908-994–5127.
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