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Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - First Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Program in Area Opens at South Jersey Healthcare - Program Aims to Prevent or Delay Dialysis

Bridgeton, NJ (May 11) – South Jersey Healthcare recently opened a Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) clinic in Bridgeton, an early detection and education program designed to prolong or prevent patients from needing dialysis.  The CKD program at SJH is one of two programs of its kind available in the state of New Jersey.

CKD affects 26 million adults in the United States and millions of others are at increased risk.  If left untreated or without proper management, it can lead to kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant to maintain life.  Through education and active involvement in the treatment plan, patients can slow the progression of their kidney disease. 

This new CKD program partners with physicians to provide new services for patients in the early stages of kidney disease.  Through consultations with a dietitian, nurse and social worker, patients are provided with important educational information about how to maintain their condition, prevent their condition from getting worse as well as assisting them with the transition to dialysis or getting on a transplant list, if necessary.  This program enables SJH to “co-manage” treatment for patients as all information is shared with their physicians.

South Jersey Healthcare is at the forefront of CKD management, as one of the first hospitals in the state to create a formal CKD program.  With these programs comes hope as they have been shown to:
• Increase survival rates
• Decrease health care costs
• Reduce ER visits
• Lessen the need for catheters in patients who eventually require dialysis, therefore lowering infection rates

“The CKD program is an invaluable resource as it will enable people to maintain not only their current health status but their quality of life,” said Brenda Stutz, Director of Dialysis at South Jersey Healthcare.

For more information about the South Jersey Healthcare CKD program, call (856) 575-4240.

South Jersey Healthcare is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of delivery services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents.