August 06, 2009
More than 70 visit KidneyMobile at Adventist Bolingbrook
Bolingbrook – More than 70 community members visited the KidneyMobile at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital on Aug. 5 for free education and screening services for hypertension, diabetes, and kidney disease. The hospital teamed up with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois to bring the KidneyMobile, the nation’s first mobile classroom and screening lab that detects kidney disease, to Bolingbrook.
Nephrologists Dr. Mohammed Ahmed and Dr. Anis Rauf, who treat patients at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, checked patients’ blood pressure, blood glucose, and body mass index. Patients received a urinalysis, private consultations, and tours of the KidneyMobile. In addition, both doctors counseled high-risk individuals on kidney disease prevention, diabetes management, and hypertension awareness.
“Dr. Rauf and I are very excited to help bring the KidneyMobile to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital,” said Ahmed. “We believe education and health screenings to control diabetes and high blood pressure will help prevent the most common causes of kidney disease.”
Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital Physician Liaison, Diane Tentler, RN, worked with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois to make the KidneyMobile available to the surrounding community.
“While more than 26 million Americans are living with chronic kidney disease, most people are unaware they have it,” said Tentler. “Our priority is to provide education and prevention screenings for the community, because diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease.”
Educational booklets offering information about kidney disease were distributed to event attendees.
“By supporting health related educational activities for our community, we help to improve the overall health and well-being of the residents,” said Chief Executive Officer Rick Mace.