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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 30-minute events - known as "quickinars" - 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.  Be sure to download the COVID-19 Quickinar Events flyer and share it with your colleagues.


Upcoming Patient Event

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

Dialysis Access Care During COVID-19

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Presenter:

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

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).

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters will:

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

Upcoming Provider Event

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

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

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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 will:

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

Previous Events

Expand an accordion below to access information on previous events, including slide decks and event recordings.

Past Provider-focused Events

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.

COVID-19 Dialysis Unit Strategies

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.

Previous Patient-focused Events

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