Memorandum - The Kidney & Urology Foundation of America

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INSIGHTS
The Weekly Update of the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America, Inc.
Volume 1, No. 11
Ira Greifer, MD, President
May 5, 2003
www.kidneyurology.org
Shirley Baer, Executive Director
KUFA CONFERENCE SEEKS NEW METHODS FOR MAINTAINING VASCULAR ACCESS
More than 150 nephrologists and nephrology nurses from around the country attended the latest
installment of the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America’s National Professional Conference
Series, “Saving their Lifelines: Preserving Vascular Access”, which was presented last week in New
York. Under the leadership of Conference Chair, Dr. Richard A. Sherman, MD, of Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School, the meeting focused on methods of prevention, and improving treatment of
problems. Also presenting at the meeting were: Robert H. Barth, MD, SUNY Downstate College of
Medicine; Timothy W. I. Clark, MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Larry E.
Shindelman, MD, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Lawrence M. Spergel, MD, Dialysis
Management Medical Group, California. For more information on Foundation programs, visit KUFA
online at www/kidneyurology.org or call 1-800-633-6628.
ORGAN/TISSUE DONATION RECEIVES GREATER FOCUS THROUGH WALK THE WALK
The issue of organ and tissue donation took center stage this past weekend (Sunday, May 4th), as a throng
of more than 1000 participants came out for the fourth annual New Jersey Walk the Walk for Organ and
Tissue Donation presented by the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America, Inc. The event, which is
held annually at the Jenkinson’s Boardwalk at Pt. Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, raises public awareness
of the need for organ and tissue donation, while raising essential funds to support research, and
professional and public education. This year’s walkers braved unseasonably cooler temperatures in the
morning, but were rewarded with warmer temperatures and a great sense of accomplishment as they
completed the 2-mile course. More than 81,000 people are awaiting transplantation of an organ in this
country. KUFA is committed, through public and professional education, and programming such as the
Walk the Walk Series, to increasing the availability of organs for transplant. Walks to promote organ and
tissue donation are held each year in New Jersey, New York’s Central Park, and at Belmont Lake State
Park, in Long Island. Several other walks are in planning for other US cities. For more information
contact Michael Larkin at 1-800-633-6628.
FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW PROGRAM DIRECTOR
The Kidney & Urology Foundation of America, Inc. announced this week the appointment of Patricia
Latona, RN, MS, CAE, as Director of Programming for the Foundation. Ms. Latona, most recently the
Director of Clinical Services and Programs for the New York City Chapter of the National Multiple
Sclerosis Society, brings more than ten years experience in working in non-profit, health care, education,
and community programming. Ms. Latona, who also serves as an adjunct faculty member at New York
University’s, School of Education, Division of Nursing, is a member of the American Nurses
Association, the New York State Nurses Association and the New York Society of Association
Executives. She will initiate and coordinate the strategic plan for the Foundation’s programs, including
professional and public education, and patient advocacy. Patricia Latona, RN, MS, CAE, can be reached
at 1-800-633-6628.
VISIT KUFA ONLINE AT WWW.KIDNEYUROLOGY.ORG OR CALL 1-800-633-6628.
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