Purpose Projects Create Kidney Disease Awareness

The nation’s largest non-profit dialysis provider, Dialysis Clinic, Inc., (DCI), is hosting community service projects around the nation in order to build awareness of chronic kidney disease.
DCI employees around the nation have teamed up to complete 40 community service projects that will educate society about kidney disease and organ donation. The Projects are happening now through August 30.
According to Jessica Emler, DCI Public Information Coordinator, “These diverse Projects serve several purposes. They are designed to help people become aware of their risk for kidney disease. They also address the fact that people can take steps to slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease. And, there is an awareness component where we explain the need for organ donation and that becoming an organ donor can save lives. Hopefully these Projects will build bridges of support and communication in our society.”
“Our team is volunteering to complete a Purpose Project to help our communities better prepare for the needs of renal patients in a time of crisis. By providing education to participating community groups, we hope to improve awareness of the specific needs of these patients during emergency events. We also desire to help chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients be more prepared by assembling and distributing sample kits of appropriate items for them to have on hand for survival following a disaster,” says Angie Crowder, DCI Social Worker and Team Leader for CKD Storm Troopers.
Lee Cauble, DCI Nurse Manager and H.O.M.E. and Tucson Tiger Top 12 Team Project participant, states, “I am constantly amazed at the dedication to community that our DCI employees bring every day. Our Purpose Projects are another opportunity to share our commitment to providing education and awareness about kidney disease.”
The Purpose Projects are open to the public. The Projects are free; however, many require advanced registration. Information about individual Purpose Projects can be found on the DCI website atwww.dciinc.org. (https://www.dciinc.org/purposeproject/intro.php)


Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a silent killer.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 73 million Americans, 1 in 3 adults, are at increased risk of developing kidney disease. The two main causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure. Early detection and treatment may slow the progression of kidney disease and keep it from getting worse. If left undetected and untreated, kidney disease can lead to kidney failure resulting in the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant in order to live.
DCI was founded to serve patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
Founded in 1971 by a practicing nephrologist, Dr. Keith Johnson, DCI opened the doors to its first clinic in Nashville, Tennessee. At this time, dialysis centers were few and Medicare payments did not exist. DCI’s goal was to make dialysis services available to those with kidney disease. DCI chose the non-profit mission in order to make funds available for research, education, and the expansion of services that would improve the lives of those with kidney disease.
Currently, DCI operates 216 dialysis centers within 27 states serving approximately 14,000 patients. Over 188 million dollars have been allocated to research and education initiatives designed to improve the lives of those with kidney disease.
Furthering the commitment to improving the lives of those with CKD, DCI established DCI Donor Services (DCIDS), an organ and tissue recovery organization operating across the United States. DCIDS provides an opportunity for organ, eye and tissue donation and facilitates the recovery and transplantation of these gifts to help others in need.
DCI also founded Camp Okawehna to serve the children with chronic kidney disease. This week-long summer camp, located outside of Nashville, Tennessee, has an on-site dialysis facility and allows for children with chronic kidney disease to enjoy a real camp experience. This year’s camp is taking place from June 8-14th.
DCI provides the highest quality of care.
For the last ten years, Dialysis Clinic, Inc. has been recognized for better results in the direct comparison of several quality indicators. The data released by the 2012 United States Renal Data System (USRDS) Report, an independent government report, indicates DCI has lower hospitalization and mortality rates than other national providers. “DCI continues to have the lowest SHR[standardized hospitalization ratio] — in 2010, 10 percent lower than those of the other LDOs [large dialysis organizations]… By unit affiliation among the LDOs, DCI continues to have the lowest ratios for both hospitalization and mortality.”