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Fresenius Medical Care and Lankenau Medical Center invites public to participate in World Kidney Day educational event

Lankenau Medical Center March 3, 2015 News Releases

Patients, families and those interested in learning more about kidney disease are encouraged to attend

On Thursday, March 12, in recognition of World Kidney Day, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) invites the community to attend an education day at the Lankenau Medical Center auditorium. This informative program about how to live a better life with kidney disease, will feature a cooking demonstration by James Beard-nominated Chef Walter Staib on preparing a kidney-friendly recipe, as well as a talk by Suzanne Ruff, author of “The Reluctant Donor,” which chronicles her family’s experiences of living with and managing kidney disease.

Open to the public and presented at no cost by FMCNA, the nation’s leading dialysis provider, this program is intended for anyone who wants to learn more about kidney disease, including kidney patients, their families and those facing kidney failure who want to learn about the treatment options available to them. FMCNA healthcare professionals will be on hand to talk about managing kidney disease and the various patient support services available, including dialysis, kidney transplants and more.

What: World Kidney Day Educational Event at Lankenau Medical Center

When: Thursday, March 12 from 9:30 am–3:00 pm

  • 10:00 am: Kidney-friendly cooking demonstration by Chef Walter Staib
  • 10:45 am: Resource vendors
  • 11:15 am: Complimentary lunch and transplant panel with Lankenau transplant team
  • 12:30 pm: Break/resource vendors
  • 12:45 pm: Talk by author Suzanne Ruff
  • 2:00 pm: Panel of physicians, nephrologists from Main Line Health
  • 2:30 pm: Nurses panel
  • 3:00 pm: Door prizes; including autographed books, designer scarf, and an autographed apron from Chef Staib
  • Parking: Attendees are asked to park in the “D” parking area on the roof. Limited valet parking available
  • Dietitians and social workers on hand to discuss how people can live better lives on dialysis by becoming more physically active and eating healthier foods

Where: Lankenau Medical Center Auditorium, 100 East Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood, PA 19096

Who: Open to the public

Cost: Free

Contact: For more information, contact Anita Abelson at 610.896.8539, extension 222.

Media contact: To arrange interviews and photos with speakers or event organizers, please contact the Upward Agency’s Kyndra Marshall at [email protected], 1.404.495.4511 or 1.757.535.2503.

About Fresenius Medical Care North America

Through its leading network of more than 2,150 dialysis facilities in North America and vascular access centers, laboratory, pharmacy and affiliated hospitals and nephrology practices, Fresenius Medical Care provides renal services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. It is also the continent’s top producer of dialysis equipment, dialyzers and related disposable products and a major supplier of renal pharmaceuticals.

For more information about the company, visit fmcna.com; for information about patient services, visit ultracare-dialysis.com.

Media contact:
Kyndra Marshall, Upward Agency
[email protected]
Company contact:
Charles Hendricks, Fresenius Medical Care
[email protected]

About Lankenau Medical Center

Lankenau Medical Center, a member of Main Line Health, has been devoted to the health and well-being of the community since 1860, with a founding mission to serve all those in need. Our continued dedication to service, compassionate patient care and superior clinical programs makes Lankenau a preferred destination for care by people throughout the Philadelphia region and beyond. Lankenau offers primary care, disease prevention and specialized medical and surgical management of all diseases and disorders, as well as access to clinical trials. As a 371-bed teaching and research hospital, Lankenau is committed to maintaining high-level expertise across all clinical areas and is consistently recognized for providing outstanding care. Lankenau is ranked in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals 2022–23 in the top three in the Philadelphia region, top six in Pennsylvania and top 50 in the nation for obstetrics and gynecology. Lankenau is rated as high performing in the following specialties: Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology & Lung Surgery, Urology. Lankenau is rated as high-performing in the following procedures and conditions: Aortic Valve Surgery, Back Surgery (spinal fusion), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Colon Cancer Surgery, Diabetes, Heart Attack, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, Hip Fracture, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Kidney Failure, Lung Cancer Surgery, Pneumonia, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). Lankenau has achieved The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care and breast cancer care and is one of the nation's Top Performing Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Lankenau Medical Center was rated a top performer in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating. Lankenau has also earned the highest distinction for excellence in nursing care, the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet® designation.