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Fresenius Medical Care and Lankenau Medical Center invites public to participate in World Kidney Day educational event

Lankenau Medical Center March 3, 2015 News Releases

Patients, families and those interested in learning more about kidney disease are encouraged to attend

On Thursday, March 12, in recognition of World Kidney Day, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) invites the community to attend an education day at the Lankenau Medical Center auditorium. This informative program about how to live a better life with kidney disease, will feature a cooking demonstration by James Beard-nominated Chef Walter Staib on preparing a kidney-friendly recipe, as well as a talk by Suzanne Ruff, author of “The Reluctant Donor,” which chronicles her family’s experiences of living with and managing kidney disease.

Open to the public and presented at no cost by FMCNA, the nation’s leading dialysis provider, this program is intended for anyone who wants to learn more about kidney disease, including kidney patients, their families and those facing kidney failure who want to learn about the treatment options available to them. FMCNA healthcare professionals will be on hand to talk about managing kidney disease and the various patient support services available, including dialysis, kidney transplants and more.

What: World Kidney Day Educational Event at Lankenau Medical Center

When: Thursday, March 12 from 9:30 am–3:00 pm

  • 10:00 am: Kidney-friendly cooking demonstration by Chef Walter Staib
  • 10:45 am: Resource vendors
  • 11:15 am: Complimentary lunch and transplant panel with Lankenau transplant team
  • 12:30 pm: Break/resource vendors
  • 12:45 pm: Talk by author Suzanne Ruff
  • 2:00 pm: Panel of physicians, nephrologists from Main Line Health
  • 2:30 pm: Nurses panel
  • 3:00 pm: Door prizes; including autographed books, designer scarf, and an autographed apron from Chef Staib
  • Parking: Attendees are asked to park in the “D” parking area on the roof. Limited valet parking available
  • Dietitians and social workers on hand to discuss how people can live better lives on dialysis by becoming more physically active and eating healthier foods

Where: Lankenau Medical Center Auditorium, 100 East Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood, PA 19096

Who: Open to the public

Cost: Free

Contact: For more information, contact Anita Abelson at 610.896.8539, extension 222.

Media contact: To arrange interviews and photos with speakers or event organizers, please contact the Upward Agency’s Kyndra Marshall at, 1.404.495.4511 or 1.757.535.2503.

About Fresenius Medical Care North America

Through its leading network of more than 2,150 dialysis facilities in North America and vascular access centers, laboratory, pharmacy and affiliated hospitals and nephrology practices, Fresenius Medical Care provides renal services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. It is also the continent’s top producer of dialysis equipment, dialyzers and related disposable products and a major supplier of renal pharmaceuticals.

For more information about the company, visit; for information about patient services, visit

Media contact:
Kyndra Marshall, Upward Agency
Company contact:
Charles Hendricks, Fresenius Medical Care

About Lankenau Medical Center

Lankenau Medical Center, a member of Main Line Health, is recognized as a national leader in advancing new options to diagnose and treat illness, protect against disease and save lives. Located on a 93-acre campus just outside of Philadelphia, Lankenau Medical Center is a 389-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital that includes one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular centers; the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, one of the few freestanding hospital-associated research centers in the nation; and the Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education, that trains over 100 new physicians each year through nationally ranked residency and fellowship programs. Lankenau has received both regional and national recognition for its excellence in providing state-of-the-art, quality care. Lankenau Medical Center has been named among the top 10 hospitals in Pennsylvania and top five in the Philadelphia metro area in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2016–17, and was ranked as high-performing in four specialties: gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology. Lankenau was also ranked as high performing in all nine of the Common Core specialty areas that the publication analyzes, including: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. Lankenau has achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care and breast cancer care and is one of the nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Lankenau has also been ranked for multiple years as one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. Lankenau has also earned the highest distinction for excellence in nursing care, the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet® designation.


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