Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Noble Hospital Offers Free Chronic Kidney Disease Education Seminar

Noble Hospital will offer a free Chronic Kidney Disease Education Seminar on Monday, December 2, 2013 from 3:00-5:00PM. This program is open to the public and will be held on the Ground Floor in Conference Room A.

Topics to be discussed include Chronic Kidney Disease, hypertension, treatment options, transplants, nutrition, healthy kidney function, diagnosis, prevention, dialysis, and financing treatments.

Attendees will hear an overview of how the kidneys function in good health and what happens to patients when kidney function declines, how kidney disease is diagnosed and treated to prevent kidney failure, the importance of blood pressure and diabetes control on kidney health, and options for treatment when kidneys fail. The overview of options for the treatment of kidney failure will provide an introduction to hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, home dialysis options, kidney transplantation, and conservative "non-dialysis" care. A dietician will be present to address the importance of diet in the health of patients with kidney disease, and a social worker will be available to answer questions about logistics and finances for dialysis and transplantation.

Speakers will include Kristina Dunigan, RN, Chronic Kidney Disease Clinical Care Coordinator from Fresenius Medical Care, and Western New England Renal and Transplant Associates; Dr. Barbara Greco, Nephrologist from Western New England Renal and Transplant Associates; a nurse educator from Baystate’s Renal Transplant Program; and nurse managers in the fields of home dialysis and in-center dialysis programs. 

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