Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic
The Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic specializes in the management of patients with chronic diseases of the kidney. Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have specialized needs such as management of anemia, nutritional support, calcium, phosphorous and bone metabolism, and maintenance of growth and intellectual development as well as social support. Interventions to slow progression of chronic kidney disease are critical and strongly advocated.
Our team of nephrologists, nurses, nutritionists, psychologists and social workers provide tailored care for the needs of our patients. Patients receive an individualized treatment plan from their Nephrologist and their nurse coordinator and other staff then follow up with each patient and help with lifestyle modification such as controlling high blood pressure and weight, avoiding medicines that can damage kidneys, reducing salt in the diet and ensuring that medications are taken properly.
If the child is progressing to End Stage Renal Disease, with the need for dialysis or transplantation at some point in the future, our goal is to emphasize education and timely preparation for dialysis and/or renal transplantation. Our educators provide extensive background regarding the choices for renal replacement options. Our Social Worker and Financial Counselor can help answer many of the confusing questions regarding insurance coverage and other issues that affect people with chronic kidney disease.
- Margaret Yeager, RN
- Gina Ragsdale, RN-BC, BSN