Wild For Kidney Care
DCI Hillpointe & DCI Washington
131 Hillpointe Drive Canonsburg, PA 15317-Hillpointe(209): 280 North Avenue Washington, PA 15301-Washington(097)
Frontier League Baseball game night out and education for CKD, ESRD, and Tranplant
Location & Address
Washington Wild Things Stadium, Consol Energy Park, 1 Washington Federal Way, Washington, PA 15301
DCI Hillpointe and DCI Washington teamed up with the Washington Wild Things Frontier League Baseball team on July 24, 2011 to have Kidney Disease Awareness Day. Our focus was to educate the community and increase their understanding of CKD, ESRD, and Transplantation. We promoted DCI’s vision and values while having food, fellowship, and fun.
The Washington Wild Thing mascot visited both clinics prior to game day to encourage our patient’s participation. We served Cracker Jacks and root beer to the song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.
Game day arrived! The total attendance at the ball park was 2,127! We had four volunteer stations. The DCI Corporate display was exhibited at the entrance of the picnic area to welcome participants; volunteers assisted guests as needed. At one station, student nurses took greater than 500 blood pressures while providing information on hypertension, free raffle tickets, and pens. We had a children’s station where art students provided free face painting, popcorn vouchers, and raffle tickets. The final area included information on diabetes, hypertension, CKD, Dialysis, nutrition, coping skills, transplant, treatment options, as well as free raffle tickets and magnetic star clips.
We made the event extra special by involving as many of our patients and staff as possible. James Long, our administrator threw out the first pitch, and what a pitch it was! Chuck Hickerson, our patient, sang our National Anthem beautifully. Between innings, patients and volunteers participated in activities such as: “Chicken Launch, Let’s Make a Deal, Dizzy Bat, Toilet Seat Toss, and even dancing with the Wild Thing”.
Throughout the game, scrolling DCI, CKD, ESRD, and transplant information was displayed for all to see on the scoreboard. At 8 o’clock p.m., we raffled off eight gift baskets which were created with donations given by local businesses and valued at over $100 each.
Team “Wild 4 Kidney Care” made Kidney Disease Awareness Day at the Washington Wild Things ballpark a great success! Our mission of providing kidney disease education as well as socialization and support in the community was accomplished. Our patients summed it up best by asking, “When can we do this again?”
Date & Time
July 24, 2011, 6:00 PM
For More Information
Pam Wudkwych, Nurse Manager-Hillpointe
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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