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 Holston River is offering the open house as a part of the program called CKD Education Alliance. This program 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.
Missy Adams, Social Worker, along with Angie Miracle, RN, Brandy Meres, Patient Care Technician (PCT), and Rebecca Spurgeon, Registered Dietitian, led the education session for approximately 35 second-year nursing students at Pellissippi State Community College on October 31st.
“Being in the nursing program, the students may have already learned about the technical side of kidney disease, however, I feel that we educated them about the reality of kidney failure,” states Missy Adams.
Cindy Geter, DCI Nurse Manager, says, “Diabetes and kidney disease are prevalent in this area. We want to be more involved in the community and help them to understand the impact of kidney disease. That’s why we are hosting this open house and teaching at the local college.”
“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 November 15th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 5811 East Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville.