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East Texas Nephrology Nurses recognized for work during Hurricane Ike

Acute Care Dialysis- Sharon Olszewski, RN; Trevor Bivens, Tech; and Andrea True, RN Acute Care Dialysis- Sharon Olszewski, RN; Trevor Bivens, Tech; and Andrea True, RN
Henderson Kidney Disease Center- Melinda Cole, MSW; Yazmin Santana, Tech; Peggilu Watkins, RD; Gloriella Chong, LVN; Gemma Bautista, RN; Jennifer Lorusso, RN, Cathy West, RN; Paytria Havard, RN; Rita Menefee, Clerk. Henderson Kidney Disease Center- Melinda Cole, MSW; Yazmin Santana, Tech; Peggilu Watkins, RD; Gloriella Chong, LVN; Gemma Bautista, RN; Jennifer Lorusso, RN, Cathy West, RN; Paytria Havard, RN; Rita Menefee, Clerk.

LUFKIN, TEXAS - Those who experience kidney disease know how special the nurses are that take care of them.  Memorial Health System of East Texas recognized the hard work and dedication of those nurses during National Nephrology Nurses Week, September 14-20.

Nephrology nurses care for patients with kidney disease.  This specialty of nursing involves both preventing disease and assessing the health needs of patients and families. 

The nephrology nurses at Memorial Health System of East Texas recently went above and beyond their normal duties to help those in need during the recent hurricane.

"Event though they were full, when Ike became imminent our nephrology nurses worked additional hours necessary to accommodate evacuees," said Patricia Jones , Director of Henderson Kidney Disease Center.  "Before I became so involved with dialysis I thought of it as a "routine" service, now I think of it as a "lifesaving" service."

Memorial Health System of East Texas would like to thank the Nephrology Nurses for their dedication to others during the events surrounding Hurricane Ike and also for the care they give their patients on a daily basis.

About 20 million Americans suffer from kidney disease.  Of those patients, over 400,000 experience kidney failure.  The rising number of people with kidney disease, many of whom are minorities, is in part attributed to the country's obesity epidemic, an alarming trend that has led to more cases of diabetes and high blood pressure.  Both of these diseases are major contributors to kidney failure.

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