Dialysis at National Convention by Ed Bryant
From the Editor: Ed Bryant is First Vice President of the Diabetes Action Network, the diabetics division of the National Federation of the Blind. Here is very important information for anyone planning to attend the convention and needing dialysis during that busy week:
During this year's annual convention in New Orleans, Louisiana (Sunday, June 29, through Saturday, July 5), dialysis will be available. Those requiring dialysis must have a transient patient packet and completed physician's statement prior to treatment. Conventioneers should have their unit contact the desired location in the New Orleans area for instructions.
Individuals will be responsible for and must pay prior to each treatment the approximately $30 not covered by Medicare plus any additional physician's fees.
Dialysis centers should set up transient dialysis locations at least three months in advance. This helps assure a location for anyone wanting to dialyze. New Orleans is a popular tourist destination, and in July the city is very busy. Here are some dialysis locations:
Saint Charles Dialysis, 3600 Prytania, Suite 83, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115; telephone: (504) 895-3992. About ten minutes by taxi from the convention hotel.
Uptown Dialysis has two locations. A: Truro Hospital, on Foucher Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115. Social Worker is Mary Wendt; contact her for information about either Uptown Dialysis facility. B: Uptown Dialysis, 3434 Prytania Street, Room 200, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115. Use the same phone, 504-897-7946, for both. Both locations are about ten minutes from the hotel.
BMA New Orleans, 2000 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112; telephone: (504) 581-6363. For further information contact Jennifer Wallace, administrator, at (504) 455-5535. About ten minutes from the hotel.
DCI of New Orleans, 1400 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112; telephone: (504) 593-9895. Although DCI reports itself full now, they may well have a cancellation. About ten minutes from the hotel.
Napoleon Dialysis, 2817 Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115; telephone: (504) 891-8176. About fifteen minutes from the hotel. PLEASE REMEMBER TO SCHEDULE DIALYSIS TREATMENTS EARLY TO INSURE SPACE.
If scheduling assistance is needed, contact Diabetes Action Network First Vice President Ed Bryant at (573) 875-8911. See you in New Orleans!