The NRAA introduced new board and provided education at the Annual Fall Conference
PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 14, 2015) â€“ The NRAA, a non-profit organization that represents independent and community-based dialysis providers, hosted their Annual Fall Conference, Building Your Foundation for the Evolution of Kidney Care, on October 7 to October 10 in Orlando, Fla. The conference featured three educational programs including the Facility Leaders Workshop, Fall Conference and Medical Directors Dialysis Facility Symposium, with an overall conference attendance of more than 450 people.
Helen Currier, NRAA President said, â€śThe conferenceâ€™s educational sessions focused on the future of kidney care and how we can plan for emerging issues impacting the dialysis industry from disaster preparedness to integrated careâ€ť. Attendees were pleased to see NRAA invite a diverse list of speakers who spoke from health management, government and patient perspectives. For example, Sam Trevino, a former dialysis patient who received a kidney transplant, spoke to the crowd about the positive impact thoughtful care and relationship building has on the patient experience.â€ť
In addition to the range of speakers and education sessions presented at the Annual Fall Conference, NRAA introduced their new board of directors to the attendees.
Starting new terms on the NRAA board this year are:
- President: Helen Currier, BSN, RN, CNN, CENP, of Houston, Texas. Currier is Director of Renal & Pheresis Services for Texas Childrenâ€™s Hospital, Houston, TX.
- Past President: Debbie Cote, MSN, RN, CNN, NE-BC, Administrator, University of Virginia Dialysis Program
- President-Elect: Karen Kelley, BSN, MHA, RN, CNN, of Hancock, Mich. Kelley is Director of Dialysis for UP Health Systems â€“ Portage Dialysis.
- Treasurer: Rob Bomstad, BSBA, MS, RN, of Fayetteville, Ark. Bomstad is Administrator and CEO of Dialysis Centers of Northwest Arkansas, LLC.
- Director: Matt Bauman, BSN, MSA, RN, of Beatrice, Neb. Bauman is Director of Nursing for Dialysis Center of Lincoln, Inc.
- Director: Lynn Riesenberg, BSN, MSLA, RN, CPA, of Carroll, Iowa. Riesenberg is Director of Dialysis for St. Anthony Regional Hospital.
- Director: Caprice Vanderkolk, BS, MS, RN, BC-NE, of Minneapolis, Minn. Vanderkolk is Nurse Manager for University of Minnesota Masonic Childrenâ€™s Hospital and Fairview Hospital Adult Acute.
- Director: William Cundiff, JD, MBA, CHC, re-elected, of College Point, N.Y. Cundiff is Vice President of Atlantic Dialysis Management Services, LLC.
- Director: Chris Lovell, MSN, RN, CNN, re-elected, of Nashville, Tenn. Lovell is Director of Medical Informatics and Systems for Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
During the Annual Fall Conference, NRAA partnered with the Renal Physicians Association (RPA) to host a comprehensive educational program for medical directors and nephrologists at the fourth annual Medical Directors Dialysis Facility Symposium. The two-day symposium featured notable presenters in the nephrology community including Allan J. Collins, MD, FACP, Doug Johnson, MD, Robert Provenzano, MD, and more. The event highlighted current issues facing medical directors including home therapy, facility performance scores and how to foster a culture of patient-centered cared in dialysis facilities.
For the first time, NRAA will make the Annual Fall Conference and Medical Directors Dialysis Facility Symposium audio recorded presentations available online. Starting in November, NRAA members and non-members who missed the conference can access all the audio recorded presentations on NRAAâ€™s website for a fee. Conference attendees receive complimentary access to the online presentations. For more information on the online presentations, please visit www.nraa.org.
NRAA is a voluntary organization representing dialysis providers throughout the United States. NRAA membership is primarily community based small dialysis organizations (SDOs) and medium-sized dialysis organizations (MDOs), both for-profit and non-profit providers serving patients in urban, rural and suburban areas in both free-standing and hospital-based facilities. For more information, visit www.nraa.org.