The open house will provide an inside look at the DCI dialysis unit allowing the community to learn more about chronic kidney disease, witness a mock dialysis treatment, tour the dialysis facility, sample renal (kidney) friendly foods, and visit with dialysis professionals.
DCI Sevierville is offering the open house as the third step in a three part program, called CKD Education Alliance, which provides awareness of chronic kidney disease and prevention strategies, treatment options for kidney failure, and career opportunities in the renal (kidney) field to local high schools, colleges, and community centers.
April Warren, DCI Dietitian, Patricia Schnick, DCI RN, and Susan VanHoose, LPN, led an education session about chronic kidney disease at Fort Sanders Sevier County Senior Center earlier this year.
“The education session with the participants from the senior center went great! Participants were engaged and asked lots of questions. Many had family with diabetes and high blood pressure and had great interest,” states April Warren.
Patricia Schnick adds, “We are looking forward to introducing the community to our wonderful staff. Also, our clinic has recently been remodeled and we are excited to showcase our updated facility.”
“DCI created the CKD Education Alliance because we want to educate the community about risk factors for chronic kidney disease. Our objective is to share with them ways to maintain their kidney health. However, if they should find that their kidneys are failing, we want them to know that the dialysis industry provides a variety of lifesaving options,” states Jessica Emler, DCI Public Information Coordinator.
The community is encouraged to attend the free open house on October 4th from 5-7 p.m. at the Dialysis Clinic, Inc., located at 765 Sunrise Circle. For more information, please call Linda Blair at 865-453-4068.