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To support ongoing COVID-19 information and education needs in the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network community,  the ESRD National Coordinating Center (NCC) is facilitating a series of COVID-19 educational events.  These recurring webinar events will feature professional and patient subject matter experts from around the country sharing how they or their organizations are coping with and combatting COVID-19 in their areas of practice.

You can register for Provider or Patient events below.  Previous event recordings will be available in the accordions at the bottom of this page.  

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On-Demand Training and Education Events

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Provider-focused On-Demand Training and Education Events

COVID-19 Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in the Dialysis Center

Wednesday, May 19, 2021- 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Daniel Cukor, Ph.D - Director of Behavioral Health, The Rogosin Institute


Biography:

Dr. Cukor is currently the Director of Behavioral Health at The Rogosin Institute, a kidney treatment and research institute, in New York City. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School. His research and clinical focus has been on the psychosocial issues relevant to patients with end stage renal disease. He has done novel work developing and testing treatments for depression, insomnia, pain, adherence and anxiety for people with renal failure. He lectures frequently on psychosocial issues for patients with chronic kidney disease and has written extensively in the scientific literature, with his work cited over 3,500 times. He is also the lead editor of the recent volume “Psychosocial Issues in Chronic Kidney Disease”.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter will:

  • Describe the unique confluence of events and stressors assiocated with COVID-19.
  • Help attendees understand the similarities and differences between burnout and compassion fatigue.
  • Provide a framework for the development of psychological resilience.

COVID-19: Lessons Learned and Future Implications for Dialysis Patients

Wednesday, May 5, 2021- 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Suzanne Watnick, MD, FASN - Chief Medical Officer, Northwest Kidney Centers

Biography:

Suzanne Watnick, MD, FASN, is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Washington and Chief Medical Officer at Northwest Kidney Centers. She currently practices in the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle. Dr. Watnick serves on the Quality Committee of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), and has expertise in dialysis, patient advocacy, payment reform, and quality improvement.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Detailed the lessons learned from COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Shared perspectives on the future implications for the dialysis population.
  • Helped atendees identify possible causes of an outbreak in an outpatient dialysis center.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Home Dialysis Program

Wednesday, April 21, 2021- 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Sijie Zheng, MD, PhD, FASN - Medical Director of Wellbound Home Dialysis, Kaiser Permanente

Biography:

Sijie Zheng, MD, PhD, FASN, is a staff nephrologist and senior partner for The Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Permanente since 2008. He is the medical director of WellBound Emeryville home dialysis clinic. He is the chair of the Northern California National Kidney Foundation (NKF) annual scientific symposium, which brings together nephrologists, nurses, dieticians, and social workers from around the country to discuss the latest information on patient care. Additionally, he has been the chair of the NKF East Bay Area Journal Club since 2014, which brings physicians from universities and private practice together to discuss cases and recent advances in nephrology.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter will:

  • Detail Kaiser Permanent's home dialysis first approach: Why not home dialysis at the time of COVID-19?
  • Describe how to support patients at home after training for peritoneal or home hemodialysis.
  • Explore the advantages of telehealth during the pandemic.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Psychological Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Hemodialysis Patients

Wednesday, April 7, 2021- 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Manisha Jhamb MD, MPH Director of Population Health Initiatives and Co-Director of Clinical Research University of Pittsburgh

Biography:

Manisha Jhamb, MD, MPH currently serves as the Director of Population Health Initiatives and Co-Director of Clinical Research in the Renal-Electrolyte Division at the University of Pittsburgh. Her primary research interests are to study interventions that can help improve symptoms (such as pain, fatigue, depression) and quality of life; and improve delivery of evidence-based care for patients with kidney disease. She has led multiple clinical trials in the dialysis setting, including two ongoing ones evaluating telemedicine delivered interventions for symptom improvement in these patients. 

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Conveyed the mental and emotional impact of COVID-19 pandemic on hemodialysis patients.
  • Expanded upon the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on food , housing security, and adherence with dialysis.
  • Explored patients' accessibility in telemedicine visits from their home.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Avoiding COVID Complacency

Wednesday, March 24, 2021- 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Tara Millson DNP, RN, CIC, FAPIC - Director of Infection Prevention George Washington University Hospital

Biography:

Tara Millson is the Director of Infection Prevention at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC.  Dr. Millson has extensive clinical experience in nursing and infection prevention in acute care and hemodialysis settings, as well as experience in public health surveillance at the CDC in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Millson is active with several professional organizations, serving as Vice Chair for the Practice Guidance Committee of the national Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), and serving on the Guidelines Committee of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).  Dr. Millson was certified in infection control in 2016, earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Infection Prevention from Loyola University Chicago in 2018, and was named a Fellow of APIC in 2020. 

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Reviewed key reasons for continued vigilance during the pandemic
  • Describse signs of complacency in self and others
  • Outlined measures to maintain preventive and protective focus during this stage of the pandemic

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Improving Mortality Outcomes in Dialysis Facilities During a Pandemic with Early Process Improvements

Wednesday, March 10, 2021- 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Subodh Saggi, MD, MPH, FACP, FASN - Professor of Medicine, State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate

Biography:

Subodh Saggi, MD, MPH, FACP, FASN, currently serves as the Director of Ambulatory Dialysis and Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Program at State University of New York Downstate. His primary research interest is to study the pathogenesis of kidney injury and the development of biomarkers to detect early onset of renal failure. Dr. Saggi was trained as a molecular biologist with a fellowship in kidney diseases and Master's in Public Health. He has led multiple clinical trials at Downstate advancing new pharmaceutical drugs safety and efficacy. He leads the clinical trial center in the Department of Medicine and trains clinicians, fellows, residents, and research staff.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Described how to implement process improvements to support patients and staff during a pandemic.
  • Defined early intervention to monitor success and sustain change for optimal infection control.
  • Outlined effects on staff and patient wellness and efforts to maintain safety during a crisis situation.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Updates on COVID-19 for Dialysis Frontline Staff

Wednesday, February 24, 2021- 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Ana Bardossy, MD - Medical Officer on the Dialysis Safety Team in the Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH - Medical Officer, CDC
Stephanie Booth - Infection Prevention Coordinator, CDC

Biographies:

Ana Cecilia Bardossy, MD currently serves as a Medical Officer on the Dialysis Safety Team in the Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion (DHQP) at the CDC. She joined CDC in 2018 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Prevention and Response Branch at DHQP. Prior to her work at CDC, Cecilia worked in infectious disease research at a large academic healthcare institution in Michigan and as a hospital epidemiologist and an infectious disease physician in Argentina. Her areas of interest are infection prevention, the control of outbreaks, and healthcare quality improvements.

Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH is a medical officer on the Dialysis Safety Team in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the CDC. In 2015, Dr. Novosad came to CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned to the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion where she investigated outbreaks in healthcare settings. Her areas of concentration include prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections and increasing safety of patients on dialysis.  

Stephanie Booth is the Infection Prevention Educator for the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition. She has a degree in Health Care Administration (HCA), a Certification of Infection Control (CIC), and is contracted by Northrop Grumman in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the CDC. Stephanie’s expertise relies heavily on her 15+ years experience in the dialysis setting as a certified tech (CCHT-A), bio-med tech, clinical coordinator, and educator.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Described the recent updates on dialysis specific COVID-19 guidance.
  • Explored recent updates from the COVID-19 Infection Prevention Control guidance.
  • Helped attendees understand CDC's current resources on COVID-19 vaccinations.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

The Promising Future of Advanced Practitioners in Nephrology

Wednesday, February 10, 2021- 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Daniel Landry, DO, FASN - Chief, Division of Nephrology, Medical Director - University of Massachusetts

Biography:

Daniel Landry currently serves as the Chief of the Division of Nephrology as well as the Director of Acute Inpatient Dialysis and Critical Care Nephrology at Baystate Medical Center, a 715 bed tertiary care medical center in Springfield, MA. In addition to serving as the medical director for the in-center and home dialysis unit at FKC East Springfield, Dr. Landry is a member of the only ESRD Seamless Care Organization in New England and has been recognized for his excellence in teaching in Baystate’s nephrology fellowship program.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Discussed the challenges of the present and future nephrology workforce.
  • Described how advanced practitioners (AP) are supporting nephrology through clinical, educational and quality improvement.
  • Discussed how APs are helping improve nephrology healthcare delivery in the era of advanced alternative payment models and COVID-19 pandemic.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

The mRNA COVID Vaccines and Healthcare Workers

Wednesday, January 27, 2021- 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Lance Salazar, Pharm.D - Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Vaccine Advisory Committee, Sutter Health
Jeffrey Silvers, MD - Medical Director of Pharmacy and Infection Control, Sutter Health

Biographies:

Lance Salazar has been a pharmacist in the state of California for nearly 23 years, serving in the hospital infectious disease and critical care settings following my pharmaceutical practice residency with Mercy Healthcare in Sacramento. He has spent most of his professional years in the managed care setting, with a focus in vaccine and biologics provider account management. Today, he is the clinical pharmacy coordinator for the Sutter Medical Foundation, with a large part of his efforts centered on vaccine delivery and clinical readiness for our Sutter Health System. As the chair of Sutter Health’s Vaccine Advisory Committee, he is passionate about ensuring that clinicians have the information they need to ensure the successful implementation of vaccine clinics across our system, especially in the preparedness of vaccines to fight COVID-19 disease.

Jeffrey Silvers is the medical director of infection control and pharmacy for Sutter Health, where he serves as physician lead and expert on COVID-19 for the health care system. In this role, he works closely with the California Department of Public Health, where he serves on several advisory committees. After completing his medical training in the UCLA healthcare system, he and his wife moved to Northern California, where he spent 35 years caring for patients with complex infectious diseases. He is on the board of directors for the Infectious Disease Association of California, the Advisory Council for the California Immunization Coalition, and has spoken nationally on immunizations.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Shared how the mRNA COVID vaccines work and the results of the trials.
  • Outlined the potential side effects and benefits of the mRNA COVID vaccines.
  • Offered information to help make an informed decision about getting immunizied against COVID.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue

Wednesday, January 20, 2021- 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Patricia Smith, Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist - Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project

Biography:

Patricia Smith is the founder of the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project©. As a Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist, she has been writing, speaking, and facilitating workshops on the subject worldwide for the past 20 years. She has authored five books and training materials on the subject. Her latest book Stress, Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Handling in Veterinary Practice is now available on Amazon. Additionally, Patricia is a Helen R. Whiteley Scholar and has twice been awarded writing scholarships sponsored by the University of Washington, Seattle. In September 2016, Patricia presented a TEDx talk entitled Navigating the Path to Wellness: Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Taught attendees about symptoms associated with compassion fatigue so that they may recognize the symptoms in themselves and others.
  • Provided strategies for social workers to deal with compassion fatigue in the work enviroment, as well as in their personal lives.
  • Offered additional resources about compassion fatigue.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

The Importance of Kidney Transplant and Referral Process During COVID-19

Wednesday, December 30, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Sini Tharu, LSW - Social Worker, Freseniuis Medical Care - Bollingrook Dialysis
John Valencia, BA - Transplant-Strtegic Outreach Consultant, Rush University Medical Center

Biography:

Sini Tharu is a Licensed Social Worker that has been working as a Renal Social Worker for Fresenius Kidney Care since 2004. She works with young adults, adults, patients and families providing education to patients on coping and adjusting with End Stage Renal Disease. Sini has over 20 years of experience in a variety of healthcare settings and works with the interdisciplinary team to identify effective interventions that will help patients meet their treatment goals and improve quality of life.

John Valencia has served as the Transplant Strategic Outreach Consultant for the Rush University Medical Center since 2009. He is responsible for educating the community about the importance of kidney, pancreas and liver transplant. John has worked in the Healthcare field for well over 20 years and currently serves as a Hispanic Advisory Council Member for the Cook County State’s Attorney.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Conveyed the benefits of getting patients on the transplant waitlist during COVID-19.
  • Discussed the impact that COVID-19 has had on the transplant referral process.
  • Described how a transplant center educates dialysis patients during the pandemic.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Home Dialysis During COVID: Lessons Learned and Round Two

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Kimberly Davis, RN - Director of Home Dialysis Therapies, Rogosin Institute

Biography:

Ms. Kimberly Davis is the Director of Home Therapies for Rogosin Institute, overseeing the largest Independent Home Dialysis Program in NY as well as one of the top ten ranked programs in the United States. Ms. Davis (along with her Physician colleagues) had first-hand experience with the first wave of COVID-19 and, with strong partnerships, developed innovative protocols to protect and prevent contraction of the virus in Rogosin's dialysis population.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Reviewed risk data from the first COVID experience.
  • Reviewed population risk data to racial disparities.
  • Shared experiences in mitigating risk in an operational home program.
  • Demostrated best practices developed during COVID.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Navigating the Holidays During COVID-19: Tips for Professionals

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Elizabeth Christofferson, Ph.D - Clinical Director, Solid Organ Transplant Psychology and Kidney Center from the Children's Hospital Colorado Transplant Surgery and Kidney Center

Biography:

Dr. Elizabeth Christofferson is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at University of Colorado School of Medicine and a licensed clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She is the Clinical Director of Solid Organ Transplant Psychology and Kidney Center Psychology at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her clinical work focuses on patients with kidney, liver, and heart transplants, as well as ESRD patients and their families. Her research focuses on adherence, health disparities, substance use, and risk and resilience factors related to health outcomes.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Provided information on how to assess risks associated with holiday celebrations for professionals and their patients
  • Discussed creative solutions to minimize risk.
  • Increased coping strategies to reduce stress and burnout associated with the holidays and COVID-19.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Influenza, COVID-19, and Renal Disease

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Jeffrey Silvers, MD - Medical Director of Pharmacy and Infection Control, Sutter Health, Board of Directors Infectious Diseases Association of California, Advisory Board California Immunization Coalition

Biography:

Dr. Jeffrey Silvers is the Medical Director of Infection Control and Pharmacy for Sutter Health, where he serves as physician lead and expert on COVID-19 for the health care system. In this role, he works closely with the California Department of Public Health, where he serves on several advisory committees. After completing his medical training in the UCLA healthcare system, he and his wife moved to Northern California, where he spent 35 years caring for patients with complex infectious diseases. Dr. Silvers is on the board of directors for the Infectious Disease Association of California, the Advisory Council for the California Immunization Coalition, and has spoken nationally on immunizations.

Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Helped attendees understand the risk of influenza during a COVID-19 pandemic with CKD.
  • Reviewed the myths versus facts of influenza and the importance of getting immunized.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Challenges in an Ever-Changing Acute Dialysis Setting During a Pandemic

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Faith Lynch, MSN, RN, CNN - Nurse Manager, NYU Langone Health

Biography:

Faith Lynch is is the Clinical Nurse Manager for Acute Dialysis at NYU Winthrop Hospital. She has worked in nephrology nursing for 15 years in many different roles, and has experience serving patients with acute kidney injury as well as end stage renal disease. She is the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) Acute Care Specialty Practice Network leader, and is also Chapter President for Long island. Ms. Lynch is an RN and has a master's degree in nursing leadership.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter will:

  • Share the nurse's perspective on experiences in an acute dialyis unit during COVID-19.
  • Review CDC guidelines implemented for acute dialysis.
  • Provide ideas and strategies to prepare dialysis units for future surges.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Managing COVID-19 in the Outpatient Dialysis Facility

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Mary Gruel, RN, CDN - Education Coordinator at Tri-State Dialysis in Dubuque, IA

Biography:

Mary Gruel, RN, CDN has over thirty years of experience working in-center and acute hemodialysis. She earned her nursing degree from Northeast Iowa Community College in 1987 and became a Certified Dialysis Nurse in 2005. Currently, Mary serves as the Education Coordinator for three Tri-State Dialysis facilities in Iowa and Wisconsin.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter:

  • Discussed strategies used to manage patients and staff during COVID-19.
  • Explored policy updates that were implemented to accommodate the dialysis patient during COVID-19.
  • Outlined steps for action plan when a patient presents with a fever or symtpoms of COVID-19.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Organ Donation - Impacts of COVID-19

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Liz Lehr, BSN, MHA - Senior Vice President and Executive Director, LifeLink® Florida

Biography:

Liz Lehr has served as the Senior Vice President and Executive Director of LifeLink® of Florida since 2005. She joined the LifeLink® team as Assistant Executive Director in 1999. Liz earned her Master of Healthcare Administration and Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Helped attendees understand the impact of COVID-19 on deceased organ donation in the United States.
  • Communicated the impacts of COVID-19 on living and deceased kidney transplants in America.
  • Shared information on the various testing and screening used in donation and transplant as it related to COVID-19.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Living in a Multi-Generational Household

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Amy Goyer - Family and Caring Expert, AARP

Biography:

Amy Goyer, AARP’s Family and Caregiving Expert, is also the author of Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving. A passionate champion for caregivers, she has been one her entire adult life, caring for her grandparents, parents and sister. Amy has more than 35 years of experience working in the field of aging, and she shares her personal caregiving journey as well as practical, actionable tips for caregivers in her columns and videos. She is a widely quoted media authority and a regular on NBC’s Today Show.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Discussed the challenges and benefits of multi-generational living.
  • Provided strategies for easing the challenges and maximizing the benefits of multi-generational living.
  • Examined the ways that COVID-19 is affecting those with these living arrangements.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Telemedicine in Nephrology

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Jerome Tannenbaum, MD, Ph.D, FACP - CEO, Sanderling Renal Services - Nashville, TN.

Biographies:

Jerome Tannenbaum, MD, PhD, FACP, is a nephrologist specialist in Nashville, TN with over 44 years of experience in the medical field. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP). He is the founder, chairman, and the CEO of Sanderling Renal Services, which he co-founded with Deborah Tannenbaum and Dr. Rajeev Prasad in late 2012.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Discussed the history of telemedicine.
  • Identified the benefits of telemedicine.
  • Reviewed current technology used in telemedicine.
  • Explained the impact of COVID-19 on reimbursement.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Home Dialysis in the COVID-19 Era: The Bittersweet Combo

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Ashutosh Shukla, MD - Associate Professor and Director of the Advanced CKD and Home Dialysis Programs. Division of Nephrology, University of Florida

Biography:

Dr. Ashutosh Shukla is an associate professor and the Director of the advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) and Home Dialysis Program with the Division of Nephrology at University of Florida (UF) and a staff physician with the North Florida South Georgia (NF/SG) Veteran Healthcare System (VHS). He also serves as the Chairperson of the National VA Peritoneal Dialysis Workgroup and the Co-Chair of the VA Peritoneal Dialysis Choice, Access and Quality Workgroups.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter:

  • Discussed the current challenges of home dialysis.
  • Examined the short- and long-term benefits of the home dialysis in a pandemic.
  • Provided a practical guide to growing your home dialysis during the pandemic.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

Challenges with Dialysis Access During COVID-19

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Lynda Ball, MSN, RN, CNN - Quality Improvement Director, ESRD Network 13

Biography:

Lynda Ball has been recognized as a national and international vascular access expert. She has published over 30 articles on vascular access, participated in the Fistula First video "Cannulation of the Arteriovenous Fistula (AVF),” and authored the vascular access chapter in the new American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) Core Curriculum. Her “On Course with Cannulation” workshop has been attended by more than 1,000 nurses and technicians across the country. Lynda is also past president of the ANNA.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter:

  • Identified the differences between the dialysis access tier status of essential versus non-essential intervention.
  • Described assessment of a vascular access aneurysm to identify tier status.
  • Discussed nursing interventions for a patient with Steal Syndrome.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

  • Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).
  • Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

COVID-19: Separating Myths from Facts

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Janice I.P. Lea, MD, MSc, FASN, FASH - Professor of Medicine, Chief Medical Director Emory Dialysis, Director of Telenephrology, and Clinical Specialist in Hypertension at Emory University School of Medicine, Renal Division

Biography:

Dr. Janice P. Lea, MD, MSc, FASN is a Professor of Medicine at Emory University and is board-certified in Nephrology and Hypertension.  Dr. Lea’s research and clinical expertise are in Hypertension, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Health Disparities, and Dialysis. She is a nationally-renowned expert in Hypertension - designated a “Clinical Specialist in Hypertension” by the American Society of Hypertension. Dr. Lea also is designated a Master Clinician by Emory’s School of Medicine and serves as the Director of Telenephrology at Emory since 2017 and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Kidney Patients.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter will:

  • Identify what are myths and what are facts about COVID-19.
  • Discuss the legitimate concerns associated with each myth.

Making Kidney Transplantation Possible During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Dr. Richard V. Perez, MD - Chief of Transplant Surgery and Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, University of California, UC Davis Health

Biography:

Dr. Richard V. Perez is an experienced transplant surgeon. His main interest is in kidney/pancreas transplantation and hemodialysis vascular access. Dr. Perez is a well-respected educator in the field of organ transplantation. His research interests focus on the expansion of the pool of deceased organs available for renal transplantation, and the role of inflammation in contributing to transplant outcomes.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter shared how UC Davis has continued to successfully transplant patients despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Caring for the Mind, Body, and Spirit During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Allison Vinson, LCSW - Regional Lead Social Worker (South Alabama and Florida Panhandle), Fresenius Medical Care
Lee Parrott, LCSW - Regional Lead Social Worker (Mississippi and East Louisiana), Fresenius Medical Care

Biographies:

Allison Vinson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is the Lead Social Worker for the South Alabama and Florida Panhandle Region with Fresenius Kidney Care. She has been a Social Worker for the past 24 Years, and has worked for Fresenius for 9 of those years. She is on the Board of the National Kidney Foundation of Florida and the Florida Renal Association.

Lee Parrott has been in the dialysis field in Jackson, MS for 24 years as a social worker and is currently the Lead Social Worker for the FMC Mississippi/North East Louisiana Region.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Shared best practices for reducing stress.
  • Provided tips for physical and emotional self-care.
  • Demonstrated small activities that can be done each day for mental well-being.

COVID-19 and Infection Prevention

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Annette Hyde, RN, MA, APN - Facility Administrator, Quality Renal Consultants

Biography:

Annette Hyde is the facility administrator for Quality Renal Consultants, a group of independent Dialysis facilities in New York City. She is also a member of the leadership Committee of NorthHelp, New York City's federally funded Dialysis Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition. Ms. Hyde has been a practicing nurse specializing in nephrology and dialysis for over 28 years, with experience in hemodialysis, home hemodialysis, and peritoneal dialysis.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter:

  • Discussed tips for educating staff and patients in infection control.
  • Shared effective strategies used in the organization to mazimize communication.

Dialyzing Patients in Skilled Nursing Homes During COVID-19

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Lakeisha Jones, BSN - Vice President of Clinical Service, Concerto Renal Services
Alan Jenkins, RN, BSN - Regulatory & Quality Manager, Concerto Renal Services
Alice Hellebrand, MSN, RN, CNN - Chief Nursing Officer, Dialyze Direct
Thomas Schindler, RN - Director of Clinical Operations, Blue Central Group

Biographies:

LaKeisha Jones, is the Vice President of Clinical Services at Concerto, with 10+ years leading dialysis teams in both the chronic and subacute setting. Lakeisha has implemented clinical initiatives supported by evidence-based practice to help drive a strong clinical atmosphere and transform the patient experience.

Alan Jenkins is a Regulatory & Quality Manager with seven years of experience in the dialysis field. He specializes in regulatory guidance/quality measures and is responsible for the creation of plan of corrections, policies and procedures and assistance with state guided surveys through all markets at Concerto Renal Services.

Alice Hellebrand is the Chief Nursing Officer of Dialyze Direct and was past President of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA). She has been a practicing nurse specializing in nephrology and dialysis for over 30 years in multiple capacities ranging from direct caregiver to Director of Renal Service, Area Director and Education Specialist.

Thomas Schindler is the Director of Clinical Operations at Blue Central Group. Thomas currently oversees clinical operations including but not limited to: Risk Management, QAPI, Regulatory Compliance, and policy and procedure development for seven Skilled Nursing Facilities across Ohio, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenters:

  • Identified methods for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in the nursing home setting.
  • Discussed the benefit of in-house dialysis related to minimizing exposure to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Dialysis Unit Strategies

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Jennifer Andersen, RN - Clinical Nurse Educator, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

Biography:

Jennifer Andersen has worked in home dialysis for over 10 years. Now at Avera McKennan Hospital, she transitioned into Quality and Education for both in center and home dialysis in 2019. She holds an Associates Degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD and is working to complete her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree in December 2020.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter:

  • Discussed the strategies used at Avera McKennan Hospital to cope with COVID-19 in the dialysis unit.
  • Shared stories of challenges unique to their facility population and regional demographics.
  • Outlined how aggressive mitigation strategies helped minimize COVID-19 exposure to patients and staff.

COVID-19 Infection Prevention Resources for Dialysis Staff

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH - Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Stephanie Booth - Infection Prevention Coordinator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Biography:

Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH is a medical officer on the Dialysis Safety Team in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2015, Dr. Novosad came to CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned to the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion where she investigated outbreaks in healthcare settings. Her areas of concentration include prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections and increasing safety of patients on dialysis.  

Stephanie Booth is the Infection Prevention Educator for the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition. She has a degree in Health Care Administration (HCA), a Certification of Infection Control (CIC), and is contracted by Northrop Grumman in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC). Stephanie’s expertise relies heavily on her 15+ years experience in the dialysis setting as a certified tech (CCHT-A), bio-med tech, clinical coordinator, and educator.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters reviewed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 infection prevention resources available for dialysis staff. Key topics included:

  • Frontline Staff Toolkit videos designed for staff who have frequent patient interactions and provide direct care in outpatient hemodialysis facilities.
  • Outpatient Dialysis Facility Preparedness Assessment Tool to prepare for the arrival and treatment of patients with COVID-19.
  • Additional COVID-19 web resources.

American Society of Nephrology (ASN) COVID-19 Response

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Alan Kliger, MD - Clinical Professor of Medicine, Vice President, Chief Quality Offer, Yale New Haven Health System

Biography:

Dr. Alan Kliger is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, and Vice President and Chief Quality Officer of the Yale New Haven Health System. He formerly served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven Connecticut. He is a past president of the Renal Physicians Association, and serves on its Quality, Safety, and Accountability Committee. Dr. Kliger is a past president of the Forum of ESRD Networks. He is also chairman of the steering committee for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Frequent Hemodialysis Study, a national prospective randomized study of in-center daily and home nocturnal hemodialysis

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter will review resources being used by the American Society of Nephrologists to educate the community about COVID-19.


Provider Preparation for Hurricane Season During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Keely Lenoir, Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Manager

Biography:

Keely Lenoir has over 10 years of experience in the field of healthcare emergency management. Ms. Lenoir currently serves as the KCER program manager, providing technical assistance and support related to emergency management to ESRD Networks, providers, patients, and other stakeholders. She is experienced in all aspects of disaster preparedness, including planning, training, evaluating, and response. Ms. Lenoir has worked closely with partners from across the country to support the development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of public health across all phases of emergency management.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter:

  • Offered tips for providers to prepare for the 2020 hurricane season.
  • Shared how COVID-19 may impact facility planning this year.
  • Offered KCER resources for additional facility planning support.

Combating Uncertainty and Fear in the COVID-19 Era

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Laura Cooley, PhD - The Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH)

Biography:

Dr. Laura Cooley leads efforts for outreach and development for The Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH). ACH is a non-profit organization with mission of improving healthcare through education, research, and practice that focuses on communication and relationships with patients, families, and healthcare teams. Dr. Cooley also serves the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Patient Experience. Additionally, she holds an academic appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Discussed physical and emotional barriers to effective communication
  • Shared simple techniques to increase presence and improve communication and connection skills with patients.

What to Do and Say to Support Psychological Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Barbara Balik, Co-Founder of Aefina Partners - Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Biography:

Barbara Balik, RN, EdD, is the Co-Founder of Aefina Partners, a Senior Faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a former member of the National Patient Safety Foundation Board of Advisors and faculty for Arizona State University's Executive Fellowship in Innovation Health Leadership. Using a human-centered co-design approach, she works with healthcare leaders to generate flourishing cultures and exceptional outcomes by integrating patient/family experience, quality, safety, and joy in work.

Presentation Objectives:

During this presentation, the presenter described leadership behaviors for psychological safety.


Pathways to Increase Nephrologist Comfort Managing Home Dialysis Patients During COVID-19

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Tushar Chopra, MD, FASN

Biography:

Tushar Chopra, M.D., FASN is the medical director of University of Virginia Staunton Dialysis unit in Staunton, Virginia, and is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology at the University of Virginia Health System. He serves on the National Kidney Foundation of Virginia's Medical Advisory Board and is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition ESRD Network 5 Medical Review Board.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Discussed challenges and opportunities for nephrology teams to better manage home dialysis patients during a pandemic
  • Answered questions from attendees on managing patient infection risk and treatment options

How Dialysis Staff Can Help Patients Maintain Emotional Well-being During COVID-19

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Elizabeth Anderson, LCSW, DSW
Dale Lupu, MPH, PhD

Biographies:

Dr. Anderson practiced as a hospice and palliative care social worker, bereavement coordinator and Social Services Director for MidAtlantic Renal Coalition. She is passionate about how to empower health care teams to provide the best patient-centered care and supportive care by infusing social work skills with a focus on empathy and evidenced-based communication skills training.

Dale Lupu, MPH, PhD, is Associate Research Professor at George Washington University where her current research is in integrating palliative care into nephrology care. She served as a member of the CMS Hospice Payment System Technical Advisory Panel and is currently a member of the ACGME Milestones work group for hospice and palliative medicine.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Discussed the vulnerability of ESRD patients to COVID-19, particularly emotional distress and lack of communication with health care teams.
  • Shared how the kidney care team can empower patients to maintain emotional well-being during COVID-19

Optimal Transition of Patients into Home Dialysis in the COVID-19 Era

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Leonid Pravoverov, MD
Sijie Zheng, MD, PhD, FASN

Biographies:

Dr. Leonid Pravoverov joined The Permanente Medical Group in 2004. He has held multiple leadership positions, including Chief of Nephrology Services in East Bay, Medical Director of ESRD Services for Kaiser Northern California, as well as Chair of Interregional Nephrology Group for Kaiser Federation.

Dr. Sijie Zheng is the Assistant Chief in the Department of Nephrology at Kaiser Permanente East Bay. He is the medical director of the Wellbound Emeryville home dialysis clinic. He currently is working with the Kaiser Permanente Interregional Nephrology group and KPNC Division of Research in research and education of care coordination in CKD and ESRD management.p>

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Discussed potential future stresses on outpatient dialysis facility capacity
  • Outlined ways to maintain and/or enhance transitional services
  • Identified best practices for home dialysis clinics

Dialysis Provision and COVID-19 Disease

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Suzanne Watnick, MD
Liz McNamara, MN, RN

Biography:

Suzanne Watnick, MD is the Chief Medical Officer in Administration at Northwest Kidney Centers.

Liz McNamara, MN, RN, is the Vice President of Patient Care Services and CNO in Administration at Northwest Kidney Centers.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Discussed the three guiding principles that Northwest Kidney Centers has used during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operationalizing Telehealth at the Nephrology Practice

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

David Arrieta, MBA

Biography:

David Arrieta has worked for more than 20 years as both administrator and independent consultant in the health care field. As the CFOO of Nephrology Associates in Nashville, TN, he has overseen a transition to over 85% telehealth office outpatient visits in less than 48 hours. 

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Discussed telehealth from an administrative standpoint.
  • Shared information on process planning and telehealth workflows.

COVID-19 and Telehealth

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Dr. Christos Argyropoulos, University of New Mexico

Biography:

Dr Christos Argyropoulos has worked for the University of New Mexico since 2014 and has been the Division Chief of Nephrology since 2017.  In addition to his role with the University of New Mexico, he  is currently the Medical Director for two dialysis clinics in rural New Mexico, overseeing the in-center and home dialysis programs for these facilities.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Shared new telehealth strategies put in place as a result of COVID-19 to conduct rounds at dialysis clinics.

Patient-focused On-Demand Training and Education Events

Preparing for Hurricane Season During COVID-19

Wednesday, May 25, 2021 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Keely Lenoir - Manager, Kidney Community Emergency Response Program (KCER)

Biography:

Keely Lenoir has over 10 years of experience in the field of healthcare emergency management. Ms. Lenoir currently serves as the KCER program manager, providing technical assistance and support related to emergency management to ESRD Networks, providers, patients, and other stakeholders. She is experienced in all aspects of disaster preparedness, including planning, training, evaluating, and response. Ms. Lenoir has worked closely with partners from across the country to support the development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of public health across all phases of emergency management.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter will:

  • Communicate what patients and providers can do to prepare for and react to hurricanes.
  • Identify important resources for emergency preparedness.

COVID-19 Year In Review: A Patient Perspective

Wednesday, May 11, 2021 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Precious McCowan - Kidney Transplant Recipient
Dawn Edwards - Home Hemodialysis User

Biographies:

Precious McCowan is a two-time kidney transplant recipient. She was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2010 and received her first kidney and pancreas transplant the same year. When that kidney failed after seven months, Precious received in-center hemodialysis for eight years during which time she started her patient advocacy journey. Precious received her second kidney transplant in April 2019.

Dawn Edwards is the CEO of New York State CKD Champions, which is the advocacy and education group she was instrumental in founding. Dawn was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1992 and is currently using nocturnal home hemodialysis. She has also done in-center hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and short daily home hemodialysis. Dawn’s biggest accomplishment was reinventing herself after mastering home hemodialysis, starting New York State CKD Champions, and reentering the work force as a Home Dialysis Advocate.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped patient care.
  • Shared tips for improving a patient's mental well-being.
  • Offered the patient perspective on how healthcare providers can help patients take a more active role in their care.

Benefits of Support Groups During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Janice Starling - Founder, All Kidney Patient Support Group - St. Petersburg, FL
Laurie Church - Twin Cities Kidney Support Group - St. Paul, MN
Debra Elmore - Executive Director, Bay Area Association of Kidney Patients (BAAKP)- Oakland, CA

Biographies:

Janice is a native Floridian from the city of St Petersburg who, in 2000, was diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD). She has experience with in-center dialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and in-home hemodialysis, and received a kidney transplant in December 2013. She is the founder of the All Kidney Patient Support Group, and she volunteers at her family owned Child Care Center, where she is a VPK teacher. Janice is also a volunteer with Life Link of Tampa Bay, an organ procurement organization.

Debra Elmore is the Executive Director of the BAAKP, and served for many years as a board member and editor of the BAAKP newsletter. She received a living donor kidney transplant from a close friend in 2014, Her work with BAAKP and its support groups has enabled her to pay forward some of the knowledge, support, and love that she received on her kidney care journey.

Laurie Church works closesly with the National Kidney Foundation and the Twin Cities Kidney Support Group, raising over $1000 annually in the Minnesota Kidney Walk. She has done extensive fundraising and outreach about the organization and the program, and mentors many patients with kidney disease in an effort to educate the community about the awareness of early detection and resources.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Discussed the benefits of support groups.
  • Provided guidance on how to find a support group.
  • Shared hands-on tips on how to get the most out of your support group

Choosing to Change Kidney Treatment Options During COVID-19: A Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Eva Tak - Moderator - Transplant Recipient and Patient Subject Matter Expert, NPFE-LAN HSAG ESRD Network 17
Althea Lee - Caregiver for her husband who uses in-center hemodialysis
Timothy Ellis - Home hemodialysis user, volunteer with Home Dialyzors United
Darryl Reece - Transplant recipient, Patient Subject Matter Expert with ESRD Network 8

Moderator Biography:

Eva Tak, was diagnosed with systemic lupus (SLE) IN 1984. She lives in Northern California and has used peritoneal dialysis, in-center hemodialysis, home nocturnal hemodialysis and solo home hemodialysis. Eva recently received a kidney transplant. Eva volunteers with the ESRD Network 17 and National Patient and Family Engagement Learning and Action Network (NPFE-LAN) as a Subject Matter Expert. For 21 years Eva served as a law enforcement officer, retiring as a lieutenant. After leaving policing, Eva completed a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She now has a private practice as a marriage and family therapist, specializing in working with emergency responders and trauma. She has recently decided to return to school to earn a doctorate in sociology.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Discussed individual perspectives for deciding to change kidney treatment options during a pandemic.
  • Identified resources and support services available for kidney patients.
  • Reviewed patient suggested tips for adjusting with change during a pandemic.

Increasing Patient Positive Responses to the COVID-19 Vaccine

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Karen L. Pinsky MD - Chief Medical Officer Chester County Hospital
James A. Curtis Pharm.D., MHA, BCPS, BCCCP - Director of Clinical Value Optimization Chester County Hospital James Curtis, Pharm.D., MHA, BCPS, BCCCP
Timmy Nelson - Chester County Hospital Volunter, NPFE-LAN Legacy Subject Matter Expert

Biographies:

Dr. Karen Pinksy joined the medical Staff of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Chester County Hospital in 1996, beginning as a pediatric hospitalist caring for children who required emergency care or hospital admission. Over the last 24 years, Dr. Pinsky’s role has evolved considerably and almost continuously. She spent 15 years as the medical director of Newborn and Pediatric Services of the CHOP Care Network at Chester County Hospital. Dr. Pinsky has expanded her role into clinical quality as the Chief Quality Officer, overseeing the important work of keeping patients safe while delivering state of the art care in the community.

Dr. James A Curtis is the Director of Clinical Value Optimization at Chester County Hospital. James brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from his previous positions in the Pharmacy Department. He worked in several roles in his time at CCH, including as a Critical Care Pharmacist, Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator and, most recently, as the Associate Director of Pharmacy. His leadership in the Pharmacy Department led to the development of the unit-based clinical pharmacy program, and he spearheaded numerous initiatives which improved the safe, efficient, and cost-effective use of medications.

Timmy Nelson is a kidney transplant recipient from West Chester, Pennsylvania. Timmy was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2013. He used peritoneal dialysis before receiving a kidney transplant in 2013. Timmy is an active member of the ESRD Network 4 Patient Advisory Committee and an ESRD NCC Legacy SME. Timmy has visited 22 dialysis facilities across Pennsylvania and Delaware and spoken with just under 500 patients to offer them an opportunity to talk one to one with a patient that successfully managed PD and is currently thriving with a transplant. Most recently, he’s worked with Chester County Hospital to educate patients about COVID-19 vaccines.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Shared information COVID-19 vaccine safety
  • Identified strategies for building vaccine confidence
  • Outlined tips for talking with patients about the COVID-19 vaccine

Making the COVID-19 Vaccine Decision: A Patient Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Panelists:

Derek Forfang - Transplant Recipient and KPAC Co-Chair Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC) - Moderator
Della Major, Otelia Fonseca, Renita Peck, Terry Peller, and William Senior, III - Panelists

Moderator Biography:

Derek has been a Type 1 diabetic since age 10 and an ESRD patient since 1999 utilizing various treatment modalities including transplantation, peritoneal dialysis and in-center hemodialysis. He is the Chair of the National Forum of ESRD Network’s, Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC), and Member on the Forum Board of Directors. He is the Chair of HSAG ESRD Network #17’s Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) and chairs the Network #17 Board of Directors. He serves as Chair of the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) Kidney Advocacy Committee (KAC) and Chairs the NKF Public Policy Committee. He also is a member of the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) Patient and Family Partnership Council. Derek is the first recipient of the National Kidney Foundation’s Celeste Castillo Lee Patient Engagement Award and was presented with the CMS QIIG Results Coin in 2018.

Presentation Objectives:

The Panel:

  • Discussed patient perspectives when deciding on the COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Shared information to help with making an informed decision about getting immunized against COVID

COVID-19: The Science Behind the Masks

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Christa Singleton MD, MPH - Senior Medical Advisor, Population Health and Healthcare Office - Office of the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Biography:

Dr. Christa-Marie Singleton is the Associate Director for Science and Science Lead in the CDC’s COVID-19 Response Chief Health Equity Office. She is also the Senior Medical Advisor in the CDC’s Office of the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy’s Population Health and Healthcare Office. In this role, she serves as the senior medical advisor regarding planning with both commercial insurer partners and physician providers regarding clinical to community population health interventions to improve health and control costs.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Described how mask work to protect people.
  • Identified Which masks are most effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
  • Discussed if people still need to wear masks once they receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Understanding the Role of Network Patient Services During COVID-19

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Allison Boutwell, MSW, LCSW - Patient Services Manager, The Florida ESRD Network 7
Derek Forfang - Transplant Recipient and KPAC Co-Chair, Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC)

Biographies:

Allison Boutwell is a Patient Services Manager at Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network 7. Shereceived her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Tulane University and her Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University. At Network 7, Allison works as a dialysis patient advocate. Her work focuses on addressing patient grievances, preventing Involuntary Discharges (IVD), leading the Patient and Family Engagement project with dialysis facilities and supporting members of the Patient Advisory Council (PAC).

Derek Forfang has been a Type 1 diabetic since age 10 and an ESRD patient since 1999 utilizing various treatment modalities including transplantation, peritoneal dialysis and in-center hemodialysis. He is the Chair of the National Forum of ESRD Network’s, Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC), and Member on the Forum Board of Directors. He is the Chair of HSAG ESRD Network #17’s Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) and chairs the Network #17 Board of Directors. He serves as Chair of the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) Kidney Advocacy Committee (KAC) and Chairs the NKF Public Policy Committee. He also is a member of the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) Patient and Family Partnership Council.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Discussed the role of the ESRD Networks in supporting patients during COVID-19.
  • Reviewed resources and support services available for kidney patients.
  • Identified steps that patients can take when seeking help related to a concern.

Should Patients with Chronic Renal Disease Get the Vaccine Against COVID?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Lance Salazar, Pharm.D - Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Vaccine Advisory Committee, Sutter Health
Jeffrey Silvers, MD - Medical Director of Pharmacy and Infection Control, Sutter Health

Biographies:

Lance Salazar has been a pharmacist in the state of California for nearly 23 years, serving in the hospital infectious disease and critical care settings following my pharmaceutical practice residency with Mercy Healthcare in Sacramento. He has spent most of his professional years in the managed care setting, with a focus in vaccine and biologics provider account management. Today, he is the clinical pharmacy coordinator for the Sutter Medical Foundation, with a large part of his efforts centered on vaccine delivery and clinical readiness for our Sutter Health System. As the chair of Sutter Health’s Vaccine Advisory Committee, he is passionate about ensuring that clinicians have the information they need to ensure the successful implementation of vaccine clinics across our system, especially in the preparedness of vaccines to fight COVID-19 disease.

Jeffrey Silvers is the medical director of infection control and pharmacy for Sutter Health, where he serves as physician lead and expert on COVID-19 for the health care system. In this role, he works closely with the California Department of Public Health, where he serves on several advisory committees. After completing his medical training in the UCLA healthcare system, he and his wife moved to Northern California, where he spent 35 years caring for patients with complex infectious diseases. He is on the board of directors for the Infectious Disease Association of California, the Advisory Council for the California Immunization Coalition, and has spoken nationally on immunizations.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Helped attendees understand the risks of COVID in patients with chronic kidney disease.
  • Discussed the potential side effects and benefits of the mRNA COVID vaccines.
  • Shared information to help you make an informed decision about getting immunized against COVID.

Living in a COVID-19 Environment: Mental Health Support for Kidney Disease Patients & Caregivers

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Daniel Cukor, Ph.D - Director of Behavioral Health, The Rogosin Institute
Glenda V. Roberts - Director of External Relations and Patient Engagement, University of Washington Kidney Research Institute

Biographies:

Dr. Daniel Cukor is the Director of Behavioral Health at The Rogosin Institute, a kidney treatment and research institute in New York City. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School. His research and clinical focus has been on the psychosocial issues relevant to patients with end stage renal disease. He has done novel work developing and testing treatments for depression, insomnia, pain, adherence and anxiety for people with renal failure. He lectures frequently on psychosocial issues for patients with chronic kidney disease and has written extensively in the scientific literature, with his work cited over 3,500 times.

Glenda V. Roberts serves as the Director of External Relations & Patient Engagement at the University of Washington Kidney Research Institute and the Center for Dialysis Innovation. Ms. Roberts is involved in many national and international, transformative healthcare initiatives inlcuding the Kidney Precision Medicine Project, Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) Patient and Family Partnership Council, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) COVID-19 Rapid Response Team, and many more. A kidney transplant recipient who was diagnosed with kidney disease as a young adult, Ms. Roberts has first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced by patients and families affected by kidney disease.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Discussed the impact of isolation over the holidays.
  • Provided tips to help manage anxiety.
  • Discussed the importance of selfcare.
  • Reviewed mental health resources.

Home Dialysis During COVID: Lessons Learned

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Kimberly Davis, RN - Director of Home Dialysis Therapies, Rogosin Institute
Raymond Scott - Home Hemodialysis Patient, NxStage Home Hemodialysis Patient Advocates
Renita Peck - Peritoneal Dialysis Patient, ESRD Network 9, ESRDNCC

Biographies:

Ms. Kimberly Davis is the Director of Home Therapies for Rogosin Institute, overseeing the largest Independent Home Dialysis Program in NY as well as one of the top ten ranked programs in the United States. Ms. Davis (along with her Physician colleagues) had first-hand experience with the first wave of COVID-19 and, with strong partnerships, developed innovative protocols to protect and prevent contraction of the virus in Rogosin's dialysis population.

Raymond Scott is the Co-Founder of 1in9 Charities, Inc., co-Author of 1in9 Tribe, a dedicated husband and father, and a kidney disease warrior and advocate. In 2016 Raymond was a Celebrity Star Dancer with the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona’s Dancing With The Stars. Raymond continues to defy the odds, and in 2020 the 1in9 documentary, A Dance With Destiny, was completed to bring greater awareness to kidney disease. As a home hemodialysis patient for eight years, Raymond enjoys sharing his kidney journey with others. His passion centers around bringing awareness to kidney disease, and championing for prevention and regenerative medicine.

Renita Peck serves as a subject matter expert with the ESRD NCC. She was involved in several of the patient ESRD NCC patient resources. Mrs. Peck is currently on peritoneal dialysis. She was diagnosed with membranous glomerulonephritis in 1999. She started in-center hemodialysis in 2016, but eventually started treating at home. She works full-time as a recruiter for a hospital in Indianapolis and enjoys shopping, spending time with friends, and community service with her sorority. Renita is married and finds delight in spoiling her nieces.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Demonstrated best practices to use a home therapy.
  • Shared patient experiences of using a home therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Provided the patient perspective on the benefits of a home therapy.

Exploring the Immediate and Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Patrick Gee, Ph.D. - Kidney Transplant Recipient, NPFE-LAN Legacy SME, Patient Advisory Committee - Quality Insights Renal Network 5
Tina Gee - Care Partner, NPFE-LAN SME

Biographies:

Patrick Gee is a kidney transplant recipient from North Chesterfield, VA. He received a kidney transplant in April 2017. Since his diagnosis of end stage renal disease (ESRD), Patrick has become a patient/healthcare activist, fighting for a better healthcare system and better quality of life for those suffering from chronic illness. He volunteers with the Quality Insights Renal Network 5 Patient Advisory Committee, serves as a Field Ambassador for the American Association of Kidney Patients; subject matter expert (SME) for the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program and for the ESRD NCC Legacy Program.

Tina Gee has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Kaplan University and a Master of Science in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Tina works for the United States Marshal Services as the Assistant Chief of Administration in Washington, DC. When Tina is not working, she enjoys volunteering and ministering in her community. She is a care partner to her husband, Patrick Gee, a kidney transplant recipient.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Shared tips from survivors for thriving after a diagnosis of COVID-19. 
  • Discussed potential long-term impacts to patients from COVID-19.
  • Shared methods of support.

Patient Screening for COVID-19: Why Your Responses Are Important

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Dexter Rogers - Dialysis Patient
Brianna Smith, BSHCA, CPHQ - Quality Improvement Coordinator, Comagine Health ESRD Networks 16 and 18
Catina Strode, RN - Director of Clinical Services, Olympic Peninsula Kidney Center

Biographies:

Dexter Rogers is a retired teacher in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Rogers taught 9th and 12th grade English for 21 years. Prior to his teaching career, he played professional volleyball for 6 years for the USA National Team. He also played professionally in Italy and Saudi Arabia. Mr. Rogers was a part of the 1996 USA Men’s Olympic Volleyball team in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Rogers was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2019. He is an in-center hemodialysis patient. In his spare time, he coaches club volleyball which travels around the country.

Brianna Smith is a Quality Improvement Coordinator for the ESRD Networks 16 and 18. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality with over 10 years of clinical experience. She has worked in a variety of different scopes of practice in various clinical settings. Throughout her career she has leveraged her diverse clinical expertise, knowledge of risk management, and passion for patient safety to guide organizations to utilize a team-based patient centric approach to improve healthcare quality for patients across the healthcare continuum. 

Catina Strode is an RN who serves as the Director of Clinical Services at the Olympic Peninsula Kidney Center based out of Bremerton, Washington.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters will:

  • Provide tips for overcoming COVID-19 screening fatigue.
  • Help identify patients’ potential exposure to COVID-19.
  • Provide guidance to determine if a patient needs to be treated in a COVID-19 cohort clinic or shift.
  • Discuss how to improve responses and engagement with COVID-19 screenings.

Celebrating the Holidays Safely During COVID-19

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Elizabeth Christofferson, Ph.D - Clinical Director, Solid Organ Transplant Psychology and Kidney Center from the Children's Hospital Colorado Transplant Surgery and Kidney Center

Biography:

Dr. Elizabeth Christofferson is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at University of Colorado School of Medicine and a licensed clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She is the Clinical Director of Solid Organ Transplant Psychology and Kidney Center Psychology at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her clinical work focuses on patients with kidney, liver, and heart transplants, as well as ESRD patients and their families. Her research focuses on adherence, health disparities, substance use, and risk and resilience factors related to health outcomes.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Identified methods for preparing for the holidays during COVID-19
  • Helped individuals recognize symptoms of stress and anxiety
  • Discussed methods to find support

Celebrating the Holidays Safely During COVID-19

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Elizabeth Christofferson, Ph.D - Clinical Director, Solid Organ Transplant Psychology and Kidney Center from the Children's Hospital Colorado Transplant Surgery and Kidney Center

Biography:

Dr. Elizabeth Christofferson is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at University of Colorado School of Medicine and a licensed clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She is the Clinical Director of Solid Organ Transplant Psychology and Kidney Center Psychology at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her clinical work focuses on patients with kidney, liver, and heart transplants, as well as ESRD patients and their families. Her research focuses on adherence, health disparities, substance use, and risk and resilience factors related to health outcomes.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Identified methods for preparing for the holidays during COVID-19
  • Helped individuals recognize symptoms of stress and anxiety
  • Discussed methods to find support

COVID-19 vs Flu: Breaking Down the Differences

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Dr. David B. Van Wyck - Vice President of Clinical Support Services, DaVita Kidney Care

Biography:

David B. Van Wyck, MD, is Vice President of Clinical Support Services at DaVita Kidney Care. He serves as the Physician Executive for the DaVita Patient Safety Organization, and is also Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he received his medical degree and completed his residency and subspecialty training.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Discussed the importance of the flu vaccine.
  • Defined the differences between the flu and COVID-19.
  • Helped patients understand how to protect themselves against the flu and COVID-19.

Receiving a Kidney Transplant During COVID-19

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Eva Tak - Patient Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Transplant Recipient
Brenda Shephard, RN - Renal Transplant Outreach and Physician Education Coordinator, University of Virginia Charles O. Strickler Transplant Center

Biographies:

Eva Tak, was diagnosed with systemic lupus (SLE) IN 1984. She lives in Northern California and has used peritoneal dialysis, in-center hemodialysis, home nocturnal hemodialysis, and solo home hemodialysis. Eva recently received a kidney transplant. Eva volunteers with the ESRD Network 17 and the National Patient and Family  Engagement Learning and Action Network (NPFE-LAN) as an SME.

Barbara Shephard, RN is a Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator. For the past seven years, she has worked as the Renal Transplant Outreach and Physician Education Coordinator for the University of Virginia (UVA) Kidney Transplant Program. In this role, Barbara visits dialysis units and physician practices to provide coordination of care. She has been with the UVA Transplant Program since 1991. During her time with the UVA Transplant Program, she has provided pre- and post-transplant care for kidney, pancreas, and liver transplant patients.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Shared a patient's perspective for receiving a kidney transplant during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Discussed a transplant center's procedures during COVID-19
  • Helped patients understand how to prepare for a kidney transplant during COVID-19

Tips for Effective Telemedicine Visits with Your Healthcare Team

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenter:

Jonathan Segal, MD - Associate Professor, Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan.

Biography:

Jonathan Segal, MD is nephrologist who has been providing care for patients with kidney disease for 20 years.  He graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and is currently the Director of the Kidney Epidemiology Cost Center at University of Michigan, where he helps develop quality measures for dialysis facilities.  Dr. Segal is active in the kidney community, volunteering with the American Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation, and Midwest Kidney Network ESRD Network 11.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Offered a doctor's perspective on what makes an effective telemedicine visit.
  • Discussed various health services that can be provided using telemedicine.

Choosing a Kidney Transplant During COVID-19

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

William Senior, III - Patient Subject Matter Expert
Sherry McCormick - Patient Subject Matter Expert

Biographies:

Sherry McCormick lives in Missouri and is with QSource ESRD Network 12. She is currently using home hemodialysis and started volunteering with the National Patient and Family Engagement Learning and Action Network (NPFE-LAN) in 2020.

William (Bill) Seniorl is from New Jersey and is with Quality Insights Renal Network 3. Bill has been involved with the NPFE-LAN for almost 5 years.  He is currently using in-center hemodialysis.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters will:

  • Shared the patient perspective on choosing to go on the transplant waitlist during COVID-19.
  • Discussed the perspective of the patient on receiving the call for a kidney.
  • Shared information about transplant center procedures during COVID-19.

COVID-19: Staying Safe in a Multigenerational Home

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Riquelen Ngumezi, MSW, LCSW - Patient Services Manager, HSAG ESRD Network 17
Anne Pugh, MSW, LCSW - Patient Services Manager, HSAG ESRD Network 17
Derek Forfang - Patient Subject Matter Expert, HSAG ESRD Network 17
Kari Esser - Patient Subject Matter Expert, HSAG ESRD Network 17

Biographies:

Riquelen Ngumezi is a Licensed Clinic Social Worker in California who has been in the Patient Services Department with the HSAG ESRD Network 17 since 2013. She received her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. She has 20 years of experience in mental health, geriatric, and medical social work, 14 of which are in dialysis and transplant care.

Anne Pugh is a Patient Services Manager at HSAG ESRD Network 17. She has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, including seven years in patient services for the Networks. She is also a skilled Perinatal Social Worker, employed by Sutter Heath’s Alta Bates Summit Hospital in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Provided a definition/example of a multigenerational home.
  • Listed common needs and ideas to make multigenerational living work.
  • Gave tips on how to care for someone in a multigenerational home who has COVID-19.
  • Provided personal percspectives as kidney patients living in multigenerational households.

Health and Safety at Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Lisa Hall, MSSW, LICSW - Patient Services Director, ESRD Network 16
Gary Moore - NPFE-LAN Legacy Subject Matter Expert, ESRD Network 16
Lonnie Green - NPFE-LAN Subject Matter Expert, ESRD Network 6

Biographies:

Lisa Hall has been the Patient Services Director for ESRD Network 16 since 2010. Prior to that, she served as Patient Services Director for ESRD Network 7. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks and presents nationally on vocational rehabilitation, emergency preparedness, ethics, conflict resolution, social media, and psychosocial/spiritual impact of kidney disease. Lisa has served as a leader/advisor to the CNSW Executive Committee, the KCER Coalition, and the Journal of Nephrology Social Work.

Gary Moore is a husband, father, professional rope splicer, and avid music lover from Anchorage, Alaska. He’s also a peritoneal dialysis patient. Gary is active in the kidney community, volunteering with the ESRD Network 16 Patient Advisory Committee, ESRD NCC National Patient and Family Engagement Learning and Action Network, and the Kidney Community Emergency Response Program.

Lonnie Green is a in-center hemodialysis patient from Atlanta, Georgia who began dialysis in 1998. He’s an active member on the ESRD National Patient and Family Engagement Learning and Action Network as well as the ESRD Network 6 Patient Advisory Committee.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Provided workplace health and safety tips.
  • Reviewed rehabiliation and employment services available for kidney patients.
  • Shared patient work experiences during pandemic.

COVID-19: Separating Myths From Facts

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Janice I.P. Lea, MD, MSc, FASN, FASH - Professor of Medicine, Chief Medical Director Emory Dialysis, Director of Telenephrology, and Clinical Specialist in Hypertension at Emory University School of Medicine, Renal Division

Biography:

Dr. Janice P. Lea, MD, MSc, FASN is a Professor of Medicine at Emory University and is board-certified in Nephrology and Hypertension.  Dr. Lea’s research and clinical expertise are in Hypertension, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Health Disparities, and Dialysis. She is a nationally-renowned expert in Hypertension - designated a “Clinical Specialist in Hypertension” by the American Society of Hypertension. Dr. Lea also is designated a Master Clinician by Emory’s School of Medicine and serves as the Director of Telenephrology at Emory since 2017 and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Kidney Patients.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter will identify what are myths and what are facts about COVID-19 and discuss the legitimate concerns associated with each myth.


COVID-19 Information Overload? Tips for Keeping Your Head Above Water

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Elizabeth Anderson, LCSW, DSW - Assistant Professor of Social Work, Western Carolina University
Dale Lupu, MPH, PhD - Associate Research Professor, George Washington Unviversity

Biography:

Dr. Anderson practiced as a hospice and palliative care social worker, bereavement coordinator and Social Services Director for MidAtlantic Renal Coalition. She is passionate about how to empower health care teams to provide the best patient-centered care and supportive care by infusing social work skills with a focus on empathy and evidenced-based communication skills training.

Dale Lupu, MPH, PhD, is an Associate Research Professor at George Washington University where her current research is in integrating palliative care into nephrology care. She served as a member of the CMS Hospice Payment System Technical Advisory Panel and is currently a member of the ACGME Milestones work group for hospice and palliative medicine.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters discussed recognizing the symptoms of anxiety and stress, and also provided exercises individual and families can do to relieve stress.


Dialysis Access Care During COVID-19

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Lynda K. Ball, MSN, RN, CNN - Quality Improvement Director, Health Services Advisory Group ESRD Network 13
Julie Glennon - Hemodialysis Patient

Biography:

Recognized as a national and international vascular access expert, Lynda Ball has published over 30 articles on vascular access. She participated in the Fistula First video "Cannulation of the Arteriovenous Fistula (AVF),” authored a cannulation chapter in a surgeon textbook, and also wrote the vascular access chapter in the new ANNA Core Curriculum. Her “On Course with Cannulation” workshop has been attended by more than 1,000 nurses and technicians across the country. Lynda is also the past president of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA).

Julie Glennon lives in Florida, and has been living with renal disease for more than 30 years. She currently is using in-center hemodialysis and has also experienced living with a kidney transplant.

 

is a Hemodialysis Patient.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Discussed tips on how to avoid hospitalizations.
  • Demonstrated what to look for regarding a properly functioning access.
  • Talked about what to do if you think you have an infection.

COVID-19: Stop the Spread of Germs and Protect Yourself

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH - Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Stephanie Booth - Infection Prevention Coordinator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Biographies:

Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH is a medical officer on the Dialysis Safety Team in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2015, Dr. Novosad came to CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned to the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion where she investigated outbreaks in healthcare settings. Her areas of concentration include prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections and increasing safety of patients on dialysis.  

Stephanie Booth is the Infection Prevention Educator for the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition. She has a degree in Health Care Administration (HCA), a Certification of Infection Control (CIC), and is contracted by Northrop Grumman in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC). Stephanie’s expertise relies heavily on her 15+ years experience in the dialysis setting as a certified tech (CCHT-A), bio-med tech, clinical coordinator, and educator.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenters discussed:

  • How COVID-19 is spread.
  • How can kidney patients protect themselves from the virus.
  • The importance of following your treatment plan.

Surviving and Coping with the Aftermath of COVID-19

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Patrick Gee, Ph.D - Kidney Transplant Recipient, NPFE-LAN Legacy Subject Matter Expert
Susan Cooper, LCSW - Home Dialysis of Santa Fe

Biography:

Patrick Gee is a kidney transplant recipient from North Chesterfield, VA. He received a kidney transplant in April 2017. Since his diagnosis of end stage renal disease, Patrick has become a patient/healthcare activist, fighting for a better healthcare system and better quality of life for those suffering from chronic illness.

Susan Cooper is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in dialysis for 10 years in both New Mexico and Florida. Susan is a member of the ESRD Network 15 Medical Review Board. She lives in Santa Fe and works in a transitional care unit called Home Dialysis of Santa Fe.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenters

  • Shared first person experiences of living with COVID-19
  • Provided tips on coping with loss due to COVID-19

Kidney Patient Financial Help: Before, During, and After COVID-19

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Michael Spigler - Vice President of Patient Services and Kidney Disease Education, American Kidney Fund (AKF)

Biography:

Mike Spigler has served as vice president of Patient Services and Kidney Disease Education for the American Kidney Fund (AKF) since July 2015. Mr. Spigler oversees a spectrum of programs and services: prevention activities, top-rated health educational resources, and direct financial assistance that enables kidney patients to access life saving medical care, including dialysis and transplantation. Mr. Spigler has more than 20 years of experience in creating and managing health education programs for a multitude of chronic health conditions.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenter:

  • Discussed the patient financial assistance programs available through the American Kidney Fund;
  • Shared methods for selecting and applying for financial assistance and grants.

How Facilities are Keeping Patients Safe from COVID-19

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH - Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Stephanie Booth - Infection Prevention Coordinator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Biographies:

Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH is a medical officer on the Dialysis Safety Team in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2015, Dr. Novosad came to CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned to the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion where she investigated outbreaks in healthcare settings. Her areas of concentration include prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections and increasing safety of patients on dialysis.  

Stephanie Booth is the Infection Prevention Educator for the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition. She has a degree in Health Care Administration (HCA), a Certification of Infection Control (CIC), and is contracted by Northrop Grumman in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC). Stephanie’s expertise relies heavily on her 15+ years experience in the dialysis setting as a certified tech (CCHT-A), bio-med tech, clinical coordinator, and educator.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters addressed changes you may see at the dialysis facility during the COVID-19 pandemic, and explained how these changes help prevent infections and keep patients safe. Key topics included:

  • Use of facemasks and cloth face coverings
  • The importance of limiting non-essential staff and visitors at the facility
  • Tips for speaking up about care

Considering Home Dialysis During a COVID-19 Environment

Tuesday, June 11, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Donna DeBello, RN - Quality Improvement Director, Florida ESRD Network 7
Nieltje Gedney - Home Dialyzors United

Biographies:

Donna DeBello, RN, has 25 years of experience as a nurse in renal healthcare. She specialized in developing and supporting home dialysis programs in addition to providing early education and options education to patients, family members, dialysis staff, hospital discharge planners, and physicians.

Nieltje Gedney is current Treasurer and past Vice President of Home Dialyzor’s United. She spent 20 years avoiding dialysis, and then found herself in the ER, crashing, and placed on emergency hemodialysis. After starting home hemodialysis, she felt great.  Active on the Policy and Advocacy Committee, she has spoken at numerous events including the Alliance for Home Dialysis, American Kidney Fund, National Kidney Foundation, SONG, Annual Dialysis Conference, The Kidney Project and Kidney Health Initiative (KHI).  She is a contributor at Kidney Views Blog, CJASN, and Seminars in Nephrology as well.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenters:

  • Described the benefits of in-center hemodialysis and home dialysis during the COVID-19 environment.
  • Shared methods for using telemedicine with home dialysis treatments.
  • Discussed real world experiences with home dialysis treatments for other to put to use.

Preparing for Hurricane Season During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Keely Lenoir, Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Manager

Biography:

Keely Lenoir has over 10 years of experience in the field of healthcare emergency management. Ms. Lenoir currently serves as the KCER program manager, providing technical assistance and support related to emergency management to ESRD Networks, providers, patients, and other stakeholders. She is experienced in all aspects of disaster preparedness, including planning, training, evaluating, and response. Ms. Lenoir has worked closely with partners from across the country to support the development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of public health across all phases of emergency management.

Presentation Objectives:

During this event, the presenters:

  • Offered tips for preparing for the 2020 hurricane season.
  • Shared how COVID-19 may impact your planning this year.
  • Offered KCER resources for additional support.

Combatiendo la incertidumbre y el miedo en la era COVID-19

Martes 26 de mayo de 2020 - 5:00 p.m. a 5:30 p.m. ET

Presentador:

Otilia Fonseca - Experta en materia de pacientes NPFE-LAN, ESRD 7
Dany Anchia - Quality Improvement Director, ESRD Network of Texas

Biografia:

Otilia Fonseca fue diagnosticada con enfermedad renal en 2011 y actualmente es paciente de diálisis peritoneal. Otilia es embajadora de la Depresión y la Alianza de Apoyo Bipolar, la Red ESRD de Florida 7, y también es experta en la materia de la ESRD NCC NPFE-LAN. Antes de retirarse, trabajó como consultora de rehabilitación vocacional para la Oficina de Servicios de Rehabilitación y Reempleo del Estado de Florida. En su tiempo libre, le gusta ir al teatro y conciertos, escuchar jazz y pasar tiempo con su familia y amigos.

Objetivos de presentación:

El presentadores:

  • Comparta cómo los pacientes de habla hispana están lidiando con los temores que rodean a COVID-19
  • Proporcionar enlaces a la información de COVID-19 en español

Caregiving During COVID-19: Tips from Kidney Caregivers

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Natasha Bress, Family Subject Matter Expert - ESRD Network 6
Renee Bova-Collis, MSW, LCSW - Patient Services Director, ESRD Network 5

Biography:

Natasha Bress is the care partner to her husband who is a home hemodialysis patient. They have been married for over 8 years. Natasha is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and Property Manager in North Carolina. She enjoys playing with their dog, Colby Jack, and reading in her spare time. She admits her biggest accomplishment was finding her husband and realizing love was real.

Renée Bova-Collis, MSW, LCSW is the Patient Services Director for Quality Insights Renal Network 5 and has 13 years’ experience in dialysis facilities as a social worker. In her personal life, she was the primary caregiver for both of her parents until their deaths from Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Currently, she cares for two delightful fuzzy kitties with minimal health issues, and is a partner to a fairly tolerant spouse who is always crying about something.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Empowered kidney caregivers to cope with COVID-19
  • Shared tips for caregivers on supporting themselves and their loved ones
  • Discussed real-world caregiver experience for others to learn from

Preparing for a Kidney Transplant During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Precious McCowan - Legacy SME
Lisa Rodriguez, RN - Transplant Coordinator, UC Davis Health Systems Transplant Center

Biographies:

Precious McCowan is a two-time kidney transplant recipient. She was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2010, and received her first kidney and pancreas transplant the same year. When that kidney failed after seven months, Precious received in-center hemodialysis for eight years during which time she started her patient advocacy journey. Precious received her second kidney transplant in April 2019.

Lisa Rodriguez is the Transplant Coordinator Kidney Outreach Nurse at UC Davis Transplant Center in Sacramento, CA.  Her experience includes inpatient kidney transplant surgery, post-operative care, and living donor surgery post-care. Ms. Rodriguez has a special interest in educating Hispanic patients in her community understand the kidney transplant process.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Shared tips on what patients can do to prepare for kidney transplantation
  • Discussed preparation strategies to use during COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing

Maintaining Emotional Balance in an Unbalancing Time

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Elizabeth Anderson, LCSW, DSW
Dale Lupu, MPH, PhD

Biographies:

Dr. Anderson practiced as a hospice and palliative care social worker, bereavement coordinator and Social Services Director for MidAtlantic Renal Coalition. She is passionate about how to empower health care teams to provide the best patient-centered care and supportive care by infusing social work skills with a focus on empathy and evidenced-based communication skills training.

Dale Lupu, MPH, PhD, is Associate Research Professor at George Washington University where her current research is in integrating palliative care into nephrology care. She served as a member of the CMS Hospice Payment System Technical Advisory Panel and is currently a member of the ACGME Milestones work group for hospice and palliative medicine.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Empowered patients to cope with COVID-19
  • Discussed ways to recognize the signs of depression and/or anxiety
  • Provided tips on where patients can seek help if needed

Remaining Connected While Practicing Social Distancing

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Dawn Edwards, Patient Subject Matter Expert
Janice Starling, Patient Subject Matter Expert
National Patient and Family Engagment Learning and Action Network

Biographies:

Dawn Edwards is the CEO of New York State CKD Champions, which is the advocacy and education group she was instrumental in founding. Dawn was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1992 and is currently using nocturnal home hemodialysis. She has also done in-center hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and short daily home hemodialysis. Dawn’s biggest accomplishment was reinventing herself after mastering home hemodialysis, starting New York State CKD Champions, and reentering the work force as a Home Dialysis Advocate.

Janice Starling is the Founder of the nonprofit, All Kidney Patients Support Group, based in Florida. It was established in 2009 to support kidney patients at various stages of dialysis and transplantation. Janice was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2000 and has done in-center hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis. In December 2013, she received a kidney transplant. Janice’s lifetime goals consist of bringing about continued awareness, education and advocacy about End Stage Renal Disease.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Shared creative methods for remaining connected with other ESRD patients in a COVID-19 environment
  • Discussed real-world experiences for others to put to use.

Discussing the Importance of Maintaining Diet During COVID-19

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenter:

Carolyn Feibig, MS, RD, LDN

Biography:

Carolyn Feibig has been a dietitian in the Washington, DC area since 2011 and currently serves as the Kidney Transplant Dietitian at The George Washington University Hospital. She volunteers with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), and was NKF’s 2018 Regional Recognized Renal Dietitian Award winner for the Southeastern region of the US. She is also on the NKF’s Capital Area Medical Advisory Board and Patient Education Committee. Carolyn is a frequent speaker for the American Kidney Fund (AKF), and wrote the nutrition content for AKF’s website. She presented at the 2018 American Association of Kidney Patients’ (AAKP) National Conference and was a member of the AAKP’s policy summit in Washington DC 2019. Carolyn also teaches renal nutrition to Virginia Tech - DC Campus and Mid-Atlantic Sodexo dietetic interns.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenter:

  • Shared ideas to help people with kidney disease stay healthy in a COVID-19 world.
  • Discussed solutions for food preparation and food delivery safety concerns.

Using Telehealth to Visit with Your Doctor

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET

Presenters:

Howard A. Bendell - Transplant Recipient
Alyssa Souza - Peritoneal Dialysis Nurse

Biography:

Howard A. Bendell is a former in-center hemodialysis patient and recent kidney transplant recipient. Mr. Bendell was on dialysis for four years before receiving a kidney transplant.  He is a registered resort professional and past director of the American Resort Development Association.  He graduated from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He now lives in Miami, Florida.

Alyssa Souza is a peritoneal dialysis nurse at Crystal River Dialysis Center in Crystal River, Florida. She started her dialysis career in 2016 as an in-center hemodialysis nurse before transitioning to PD. Mrs. Souza says she her home patients are her priority and although they are home, she tries to make sure they know they are not alone. Mrs. Souza enjoys implementing evidence based-practices and new research into everyday care. 

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Defined audiences that could potentially benefit from telehealth technology
  • Identified ways that telehealth can limit patient exposure to COVID-19
  • Listed benefits - and challenges - of telemedicine