Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital will provide free education and screening services for hypertension, diabetes, and kidney disease from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 5 at the hospital, 500 Remington Blvd. The hospital is teaming 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.
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.”
Nephrologists Dr. Mohammed Ahmed and Dr. Anis Rauf, who treat patients at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, will check patients’ blood pressure, blood glucose, and body mass index. Patients will receive a urinalysis, private consultations, and tours of the KidneyMobile. In addition, both doctors will counsel 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.”
Everyone is encouraged to come to the free screenings; Spanish speaking nurses will be available to translate. Educational booklets offering information about kidney disease will also be distributed to those who attend the event.
“We are very excited to host these screenings for the Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital community,” said Chief Executive Officer Rick Mace. “By supporting health related educational activities for our community, we help to improve the overall health and well-being of the residents.”