07 Mar DCI & the Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga Area to provide free kidney disease screening

The event will take place on Saturday, March 12, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rhea County Middle School.

DAYTON, Tenn. – March 7, 2016 — DCI Chattanooga is teaming up with the Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga Area, Inc., to provide free kidney disease screenings on Saturday, March 12, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Rhea County Middle School gymnasium.

The PEED program was developed to detect kidney disease early on.

The PEED program was developed to detect kidney disease early on.

Nephrologists (kidney doctors), nurse practitioners, registered nurses and volunteers will be available to answer questions about kidney disease during the event. This screening is part of the Remote Area Medical Care (RAMC) and the Provide Education and Early Detection (PEED) program.

The PEED program was developed as a tool for the early detection of kidney disease. The free screening will consist of measuring height, weight, and blood pressure. In addition, a urine sample is obtained on-site and the glucose, protein, blood, leukocyte, albumin, creatinine, and nitrite levels will be analyzed from this sample. Volunteer nursing personnel and nephrologists will evaluate these tests, and all participants in the screening will have access to these healthcare providers to discuss the results of their test findings.

Ultimately, the goal of the PEED program is to identify those in the community who may be at risk for kidney disease, and to help them take steps to prevent or delay the need for dialysis.

“We participate in the PEED program as often as possible; whenever we can or whenever the community asks for it,” said Jane Bryan, DCI Lyerly dietitian and board member of The Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga Area, Inc. “Dayton is a part of our service area, and we want to get that early detection out there to community members. It is a great and free opportunity for people to learn about kidney disease.” 

This event is open to the public. No pre-registration is required. The address of Rhea County Middle School is 405 Pierce Rd. Evensville, TN 37332.

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Founded in 1971, Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI) is the nation’s largest non-profit dialysis provider with over 230 outpatient dialysis clinics in 28 states. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, DCI employs over 5,000 people serving approximately 15,000 dialysis patients. DCI’s services include in-center hemodialysis, in-center self-care hemodialysis, home hemodialysis, Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD), and Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD). Acute dialysis facilities are located within hospitals around the US. The United States Renal Data System has found DCI to have the lowest patient mortality and hospitalization rates among the national dialysis providers for the last 13 years. DCI operates under the mission “We are a non-profit service organization. The care of the patient is our reason for existence.” For more information on the USRDS information, visit www.usrds.org.

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