Braille Monitor                                                                                                        April 2004

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Dialysis at National Convention

by Ed Bryant

During this year's annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Atlanta, Georgia, Tuesday, June 29, through Monday, July 5, dialysis will be available. Those requiring dialysis must have a transient patient packet and physician's statement filled out prior to treatment. Conventioneers must have their unit contact the desired location in the Atlanta area for instructions well in advance. Note: The convention will take place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, in downtown Atlanta.

Individuals will be responsible for and must pay out of pocket prior to each treatment the approximately $30 not covered by Medicare, plus any additional physicians' fees and any charges for other medications.

Dialysis centers should set up transient dialysis locations at least two months in advance. This helps assure a location for anyone wanting to dialyze. Atlanta has many centers, but that area is quite large, so early reservation is strongly recommended to avoid long taxi rides. Remember, this is a major holiday weekend, and folks will be busy.

Here are some dialysis locations:

Atlanta Dialysis, 448 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, local telephone (404) 872-5311; to schedule, call Geneva, (404) 761-0819. Approximately five minutes by taxi from hotel.

Dialysis Clinic, Inc., 820 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308, telephone (404) 888-4520.

Midtown Dialysis Center, 121 Linden Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308, local telephone (404) 817-9700; to schedule, (800) 400-8331.

Gambro Healthcare, 699 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Suite 19, Atlanta, GA 30308; telephone (404) 872-7211. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only.

Please remember to schedule dialysis treatments early to ensure space. If scheduling assistance is needed, have your dialysis unit's social worker contact me: Diabetes Action Network Board Member Ed Bryant, telephone (573) 875-8911. See you in Atlanta.

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