The team of nephrologists, nurses and support personnel provide comprehensive care for patients to optimize health and enable patients and their families their best possible quality of life despite the chronic medical condition. In the unit, nurses care for both in- and outpatients and a dedicated educator works with the children while on hemodialysis 3 to 5 times a week to ensure they are keeping pace with their peers academically and to assist families in coordinating services with schools.
A dedicated renal social worker assists families and patients with financial, insurance and other social needs and a renal dietician helps optimize patient’s nutritional status and assists with dietary education for renal patients. The optimal treatment goal is for all children to receive a renal transplant. Ten patients have received renal transplants in the past 12 months. Each year, patients enjoy a week at Kidney Camp, one of the highlights of their year. Kidney Camp, which the kids look forward to all year, takes place at Camp Tecumseh for one week in early June. Dialysis nurses, nurse practitioners and a nephrologist stay on site at camp and provide dialysis care and medical management so the kids can enjoy a camp experience.