The Braille Monitor                                                                                       April 2003

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Dialysis at National Convention

by Ed Bryant

Ed Bryant
Ed Bryant

From the Editor: Ed Bryant is president of the Diabetes Action Network. He has important information for those interested in arranging for dialysis during the national convention. This is what he says:

During this year's annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind, 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 Louisville area for instructions, well in advance.

Prior to each treatment, individuals will be responsible for, and must pay out of pocket, the approximately $30 not covered by Medicare, plus any additional physician's fees and any charges for other medications. Dialysis centers should set up transient dialysis locations at least eight weeks in advance. This helps assure a location for anyone wanting to dialyze. The Greater Louisville area has many centers, but early reservation is strongly recommended especially during this holiday period. Here are some dialysis locations, all about half a mile from the hotel:

     *Renal Care Group, Inc., 635 South Third Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202; telephone (502) 561-1314. As of this writing, they are almost full.

     *Fresenius Medical Care, 720 East Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky 40202; telephone (502) 584-3021.

     *U. of Louisville Kidney Disease Program, 615 Preston Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202; telephone (502) 852-7278.

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

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