Episcopal Health Services celebrates World Kidney Day with community health event

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Episcopal Health Services’ team members hosted a World Kidney Day event for community residents.
Photo provided by EHS

Episcopal Health Services (EHS) successfully hosted an educational event in honor of World Kidney Day at their Clinical Learning Center in Far Rockaway on Mar. 19, drawing attention to kidney health and chronic kidney disease.

The event aimed to enlighten the community on the critical importance of maintaining kidney health and the potential risks associated with chronic kidney disease. The day was highlighted by several talks, including an engaging discussion on dialysis led by Dr. Rajbir Chopra, a renowned Nephrologist from St. John’s Medical Group.

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital registered nurse Carolyn Walkes, RN, spoke to participants about how diabetes impacts kidney function. Photo provided by EHS

Additionally, registered nurses Carolyn Walkes and Latoya Maragh provided a comprehensive lecture on the interconnections between hypertension, diabetes, hemodialysis, and kidney disease.

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s Senior Clinical Dietician, Stephanie Cordaro, RDN, offered a practical healthy food demonstration, showcasing how dietary choices can support kidney health. These educational presentations aimed to enhance awareness and understanding of kidney disease, emphasizing the significance of prevention and early detection.

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Director of Hemodialysis Cymbeline Dumandan (left) and EHS AVP, Integrated Case Management & Population Health Lorna Manning (center) are pictured with James Barnett, a raffle prize winner at the event. Photo provided by EHS

Cymbeline Dumandan, BSN, RN, the director of hemodialysis at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, emphasized the importance of community health initiatives. “Caring for our community’s kidney health is paramount, and providing this free event ensures that every resident has access to essential screenings, education, and resources,” Dumandan stated. She further highlighted the commitment to empowering individuals with knowledge and tools to protect their kidney health, thereby promoting a healthier and more informed community.

The event also featured representatives from LiveOnNY, who worked to increase awareness about the importance of organ donation. Participants had the opportunity to learn about the comprehensive range of Population Health services offered by EHS, enjoy a nutritious light lunch, and participate in a raffle with numerous prizes. The event concluded with congratulatory remarks to all the raffle prize winners, leaving attendees informed and inspired to take proactive steps towards kidney health.

Community residents reviewed information on how to keep their kidneys healthy at EHS’ World Kidney Day. Photo provided by EHS