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National & State Officials Unveil the Return of the Kidneymobile in Fight Against “Silent Epidemic”

Mar 08, 2011

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KidneyMobileWHAT: Dr. James Galloway, Assistant U.S. Surgeon General, and Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State, team up with Weiss Memorial Hospital, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and Fresenius Medical Care to unveil the recently renovated KidneyMobile®—a custom motor coach offering free education and screenings for hypertension, diabetes and kidney disease. It’s the nation’s only traveling chronic kidney disease screening program.
 
WHY: More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease and most don’t know it.  It’s often brought on by undiagnosed diabetes and high blood pressure. More than 381,000 depend on dialysis to treat kidney failure and every two hours, somebody dies while waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant.

"Early detection of kidney disease is essential to treatment and avoidance of dialysis,” said Madhav Rao, M.D., nephrologist at Weiss Memorial Hospital. “There’s an important test that shows how well the kidneys are functioning called the glomerular filtration rate, or GFR.” In addition to this blood test, other important tests include blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index, waist circumference, and urinalysis—all available screenings on the KidneyMobile.

The KidneyMobile collaboration is part of Weiss’ Health for Life initiative, which educates patients, employees and the community about healthy living. March is National Kidney Month.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Ribbon cutting: 9:30 a.m.; KidneyMobile, east side of hospital
Screenings: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; WISE Senior Center, inside hospital

WHERE: Weiss Memorial Hospital
4646 N. Marine Drive
Chicago, IL 60640

VISUALS: Ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the colorful KidneyMobile with national and state officials as well as experts from Weiss Memorial Hospital,  National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, and Fresenius Medical Care; tour inside the KidneyMobile; patients getting blood drawn for kidney disease check, blood pressure taken, finger pricked for blood sugar levels.

For more information contact:
Catherine Gianaro
cgianaro@weisshospital.com
(773) 564-7285

Karyn Odway
karyn@cyanpoint.com
(312) 479-1271

Nicole M. Sisen, CHES
nsisen@nkfi.org
(312) 321-1500, ext. 246