Silver Cross Partnered With KidneyMobile® To Offer Free Screenings To Area Residents
Joliet, IL (March 17, 2011)— Silver Cross Renal Centers in partnership with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois offered free kidney disease screenings to 69 area residents on Tuesday, March 15 on the Silver Cross Hospital campus in Joliet.
PHOTO: Silver Cross employee Gwen Copeland, R.N., processes a screening exam for Valerie Zimmerman of Crestwood at the March 15 Kidney Disease screening at Silver Cross Hospital.
The KidneyMobile®, the nation’s first traveling chronic kidney disease screening program, has traveled nearly 25,000 miles across Illinois, bringing free screenings, providing education and, in many cases, immediate and critical referrals to members of the community.
Since launching the KidneyMobile® in November 2006, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois has screened more than 15,000 people for diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Seventy percent of 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.
Chronic 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.
“I think we should have them here on a regular basis,” said Dr. Preeti Nagarkatte, Medical Director of the Silver Cross Renal Centers. “It’s important that people with diabetes, high blood pressure and others who are at risk for kidney problems get screened and identified so that 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.
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 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 as 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 eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun 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).