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KidneyMobile to visit Silver Cross, offer free screenings March 15

Joliet, IL (March 1, 2011)— Silver Cross Renal Centers in partnership with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and Northeast Nephrology Consultants will offer free kidney disease screenings Tuesday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Specialty Care Pavilion Lobby on the Silver Cross Hospital campus, 1300 Copperfield Ave., Joliet. 

Seventy percent of Cronic Kidney Disease (CKD) cases are caused by high blood pressure and diabetes, particularly when left untreated. The National Kidney Foundation’s goal in using the KidneyMobile® is to detect these diseases early on and prevent people from suffering from CKD.   

kidneymobile_02Chronic Kidney Disease is the permanent loss of kidney function, which decreases the body’s ability to keep you healthy. As the function of the kidneys decreases, it can cause harmful effects throughout the rest of your body such as serious heart, bone and brain problems.

“The KidneyMobile® is a valuable service in our community,” said Dr.Preeti Nagarkatte, Medical Director of Nephrology and the dialysis program at Silver Cross Hospital. “It’s important that people are diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure early on so they can get treatment to prevent kidney failure.”

The kidney screening includes blood glucose and HbA1c testing, a urine test and blood tests for kidney disease. The goal is to identify individuals with these health problems so that they can seek treatment and prevent disease progression. No fasting is required.

After the screening takes place, participants are invited on board the KidneyMobile® for a tour of its exhibits and a discussion on the basic functions of the kidney, how diabetes and high blood pressure lead to CKD and appropriate uses of exercise and diet. 

Participants must register in advance for the screenings at www.silvercross.org or by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). For more information on the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’s KidneyMobile®, visit www.kidneymobile.org.

About the Silver Cross Renal Centers
For over 30 years, the Silver Cross Renal Centers continues to be the largest provider of dialysis services in Will and Grundy counties.  With three locations in Joliet and Morris, Illinois, Silver Cross offers hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, social worker and dietitian and patient education services.  The Renal Centers are one of the largest recipient of kidney organ donation and work closely with patients and the Chicago hospital transplant facilities as well as The Gift of Hope, an organ and tissue donor network.  The Renal Centers are affiliated with Silver Cross Hospital, a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last six consecutive years. For more information about the Silver Cross Renal Centers, visit www.silvercross.org or call (815) 740-7144.

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last six consecutive years and a one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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