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doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000395403.28587.07
Specialty News

The following individuals were elected to the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA)'s 2011-2012 National Board of Directors:

* Glenda Payne, MS, RN, CNN; President-Elect. Ms. Payne, who has more than 30 years of experience in nephrology, currently works for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Dallas Regional Office, with roles in the Survey and Certification Branch and the Division of Quality Improvement. Her responsibilities with the Survey and Certification Branch include providing oversight and professional development for the state surveyors who conduct dialysis and transplant surveys in the 13 states that report to the Dallas and Atlanta Regional Offices. In her role with the Division of Quality Improvement, Ms. Payne serves on different committees and as Project Officer for an End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network. Ms. Payne's clinical experience in nephrology includes positions as a transplant nurse and manager, a clinical nurse specialist for nephrology, and a research nurse in transplantation.

* Charla Litton, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CCRN, CNN; Treasurer. Ms. Litton is a family nurse practitioner treating patients who qualify for Medicare and Medicaid Advantage programs, including patients with ESRD, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and congestive heart failure.

* Paula Richards, MSN, RN, CNN; Northeast Vice President. Ms. Richards is Clinical Manager for 11 hospital-based acute programs with Fresenius Medical Care. Her areas of expertise include water treatment systems, dialysis machines, continuous renal replacement therapy, and apheresis.

* Phyllis Wille, MS, RN, FNP-C, CNN; North Central Vice President. Ms. Wille is a member of the nursing faculty at Danville Area Community College in Danville, IL, and the vascular, cardiac, and thoracic surgery care manager at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL, where she is responsible for complete postoperative patient care management and coordinates with nephrologists on individualized vascular access plans for dialysis and pre-dialysis patients.

The following individuals were elected to regional ANNA offices:

* Caroline Steward, MSN, RN, APN-C, CCRN, CNN; Northeast Chapters Coordinator-Elect. Ms. Steward is an advanced practice nurse for a New Jersey-based nephrology practice, where she is responsible for renal patients in the outpatient and hospital settings.

* Rebecca Benfield, BA, RN, CDN; Southeast Chapters Coordinator-Elect. Ms. Benfield is a retired nephrology nurse who worked in hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and transplantation during her 23-year career.

* Maria Gonzalez, RN, CNN; Western Chapters Coordinator-Elect. Ms. Gonzalez is a renal specialist focusing on the education of staff and patients at a hospital-based peritoneal dialysis clinic. She has been a nephrology nurse for 19 years.

Carmen A. Peralta, MD, MAS, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, received the Association of American Medical Colleges' 2010 Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship, which recognizes an outstanding junior faculty member who has demonstrated leadership in addressing inequities in medical education and health care and is committed to a career in academic medicine. The recipient is awarded a $15,000 grant.

Dr. Peralta's work has included a particular focus on the mechanisms of chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression and complications, particularly among minority groups at highest risk. She was the first to show that the risk of albuminuria among Hispanics varies by country of origin and may be related to genetic ancestry. Her research also has found that Hispanic patients with CKD have lower rates of death and cardiovascular events but a higher rate of progression to end-stage renal disease compared with non-Hispanic white patients.

Dr. Peralta's long-term goals include laying the foundation for understanding the mechanisms for racial differences in kidney disease in hopes that this knowledge will ultimately lead to targeted approaches for disease prevention.

Leslie Wong, MD, was named Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Satellite Healthcare. Most recently, Dr. Wong served as Medical Director of the Peritoneal Dialysis Program at Northwest Kidney Centers. In his new position at Satellite, Dr. Wong will coordinate quality improvements, working closely with Satellite Healthcare's Chief Medical Officer, Brigitte Schiller, MD. He will also oversee enhancements of the company's medical and clinical leadership.

Ron Kuerbitz, JD, Executive Vice President for Fresenius Medical Care North America, was named Chair of Kidney Care Partners (KCP). In a news release, Mr. Kuerbitz noted KCP's priorities for the upcoming year, which include advocating for policies and initiatives that support increased use of arteriovenous fistulas and reduced use of catheters for dialysis access, providing best-practice tools to reduce mortality in first-year dialysis patients through KCP's Performance Excellence and Accountability in Kidney Care (PEAK) program, addressing the transition adjuster for the End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System to ensure that it is based on real numbers and not estimates, and assisting in the implementation of the new ESRD Quality Incentive Program.

John Milner, MD, Director of the Living Donors Program at the Loyola University Health System, received the health system's Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Award. The award is given annually to an employee who provides inspirational service to others in the spirit of Dr. King. Dr. Milner is one of the architects of Loyola's Pay-It-Forward Kidney Transplant Program, as well as Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

A Pay-It-Forward kidney transplant chain begins with an altruistic donor who comes forward to donate a kidney to a stranger. The altruistic donor's kidney is then given to a compatible transplant candidate who has an incompatible donor. The incompatible donor then gives a kidney to a third person with an incompatible donor, and the chain continues. Since Dr. Milner and colleagues launched Pay-It-Forward in March, the program has initiated eight transplant chains, resulting in 12 transplants at Loyola and more than 70 transplants across the nation. •

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