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"Carolina Kidney Crusaders"
Spartanburg Area Clinics
Spartanburg, SC 29301; Spartanburg, SC 29303; Spartanburg, SC 29307; Landrum, SC 29356; Union, SC 29379; Gaffney, SC 29340
Community Kidney Health Awareness Fair
Location & Address
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
385 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29304; mailing address P.O. Box 1410, ph # 864-583-3560
We had approximately 45 employees who participated at our Community Kidney Health Awareness Fair. About 80 patients and people from the community attended the event.Thirty Employees and Vendors participated in the Blood Drive and gave a total of twenty four units of blood during the Health Fair. Twenty Seven of the thirty people that attempted to give were considered first time blood donors with Blood Connections.
There were twenty five people who received advanced screening.
We had a total of 30 Vendor Tables at the Event – Education was provided at each of these vendor tables ranging from general health and fitness information, emergency preparedness, treatment modalities that included peritoneal and transplantation, hospice and home health services, CKD education, and transportation needs. DCI provided each person who attended the event with a plastic bag with the DCI 40 Acts logo to carry their educational pamphlets. In each bag we inserted a comment card for feedback on the health fair. We received several comment cards and all of them were very positive. Many of the responses we received, commented on how they loved the health fair, that it was very informative and one person thought it would have been helpful to have had blood screening for the families of ESRD.
We had 4 speakers that provided a variety of education on Kidney Disease. One of our own Nephrologists Dr. Muhammad Ebrahim discussed the topic “What is Kidney Disease?” Shennon Wofford, CKD Coordinator informed patients and family members about “Managing Your Care.” A Vascular Access Surgeon, Dr. Ari Kramer discussed the advantages and disadvantages of different types of vascular Access – promoting “Fistula First.” The last Speaker, Bruce Wren (former DCI patient) and his wife Heike Wrenn talked about “Dealing with Kidney Disease.” Mr. Wrenn started on in center hemodialysis then switched to home hemodialysis and later received a kidney transplant. We had morning and afternoon sessions for the Speakers. We provided 2 Food Vendors for the patients, community, vendors, and employees for that day.Throughout the day, entertainment was provided in the form of a magician, balloon artist, ventriloquist and a guitarist. We had a special performance by a patient/employee who wrote the lyrics to a song that he sang about his journey with ESRD. The Vendors provided numerous door prizes that we had drawings for throughout the day.
Date & Time
May 5, 2011, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
For More Information
Ann Marie Roberts at 864-529-3507
Full details and program guidelines are posted on www.dciinc.org and the DCI intranet. Acts of Service must be coordinated by DCI employees. All DCI employees are welcome to participate.
* Award money received from winning the online competition for "Best Act of Service" is to be used for DCI clinic educational purposes. For example: Paying for staff education courses, funding Pre-ESRD courses, or to purchase educational items to be used in the clinic.
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