Guest presentations begin at 1:30pm. Carolyn Mackedanz of Willmar will share her
family’s personal journey with kidney failure, and Dr. Carlos Franco Palacios, a Nephrologist with ACMC, will be the keynote speaker for the day.
“Chronic Kidney Disease is a silent epidemic,” said Deb Buffington, Dialysis Operations Coordinator at Rice Memorial Hospital. “People may already have kidney damage or decreased kidney function and not even know it. The key is to catch it early so it can be treated.”
The free community education event is designed to identify those at increased risk for kidney disease and to encourage them to seek further evaluation and follow-up. Individuals who have a history of diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of these conditions, are especially encouraged to attend.
“High blood pressure and diabetes are the two main causes of Chronic Kidney Disease,” explained Buffington. “Learning how to make small lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of kidney failure and prevent having to undergo dialysis treatment later in life.”
No registration is required, and light refreshments will be available at the event. Participants are also encouraged to complete a free online health assessment and bring their printed results to the screening. The free assessment is available on the RiceHospital.com web site by clicking the “Family Health Manager” link in the “MyRice” section.