After five years of traveling the state to bring free health screenings to the residents of Illinois, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois has given their KidneyMobile a drastic renovation. The organization unveiled the new look at Weiss on March 16.
The KidneyMobile is a bus-sized education center that travels to bring free kidney health screenings to Illinois communities. The new look provides educational tools, while the screenings provide checks for blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index and urinalysis.
“Early detection of kidney disease is essential to treatment and avoidance of dialysis,” says Dr. Madhav Rao, nephrologists at Weiss. “There’s an important test that shows how well the kidneys are functioning called the glomerular filtration rate, or GFR.” The KidneyMobile health screenings provide a test for GFR.
So far, the bright orange motor coach has provided screenings and education to more than 24,000 people throughout Illinois, focusing on hypertension, diabetes and kidney disease. “It’s about education and screenings,” Weiss CEO Frank Molinaro said during his introduction at the event. “This is going to change healthcare.”
Dr. Rao also spoke at the event, saying that around 1 million people in Illinois are at risk for kidney disease. Currently, 15,000 are on dialysis and 5,000 are awaiting transplant.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White spoke about organ donation before cutting the ribbon. “One person can save or improve the quality of life for 25 people,” he said, mentioning a professor at Loyola University who donated a kidney to a student.
Before turning to cut the ribbon, White thanked the 50 people in attendance outside the Medical Office Building Lobby. “Thank you for giving, thank you for caring. Do something good for someone everyday.”
Visit http://kidneymobile.org/ for more information and to find screenings near you.