Education is Key in Treating Kidney Disease

Four nephrologists started Rockford Nephrology Associates (RNA) after seeing a specific need in their community. Twenty years later, the practice has five clinics serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

The new Sycamore location is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for new consultations and treatments related to kidney disease and interconnected conditions such as high blood pressure and electrolyte abnormalities. 

“We are looking to introduce education classes there, as well, in 2021,” says Holly Curry, practice manager. “We’ve got a nice-sized classroom.”

Education plays an important role in helping those with kidney disease to manage their conditions. That’s why RNA provides a comprehensive program to help patients stay up-to-date. Seminars help patients to learn about their treatment options, while the RNA nurse navigators help patients who are at the later stages of disease.

Patients can also take advantage of advanced options, such as a blood vessel map that shows where a permanent dialysis access might go. Nurses also can provide guidance on scheduling transplant evaluations and home assessments.

At RNA’s Rockford Vascular Center, patients can get help keeping their dialysis accesses working well, managing anemia, treating peripheral arterial disease, and inserting hemodialysis and home dialysis catheters.

Dr. Syed Ahmed and Dr. Bindu Pavithran see patients in Sycamore, and they also serve as the medical directors of the Davita Timber Creek (DeKalb), Crimson Ridge (Sycamore) and Sycamore Dialysis units.

“We have been so invested in the community for such a long time,” says Curry. “Because of our investment in the quality of care that we provide to our patients, we’re really looking at joining with other like-minded nephrologists to have a voice for kidney patients across the country.” ❚

Rockford Nephrology Associates’ new Sycamore location is at 2127 Midland Court, Ste. 102, (815) 227-8300.