RSN and NRAA to Launch Sponsorship and Marketing Collaboration at Fall Conference in Cleveland

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Getting the word out about The Renal Support Network's (RSN) HOPEline call-in support program will become easier this month when RSN launches a two-year sponsorship/marketing collaboration with the National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA).

This is a significant collaboration commitment and has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of the 26 million people in the US today with chronic kidney disease

Getting the word out about The Renal Support Network's (RSN) HOPEline call-in support program will become easier this month when RSN launches a two-year sponsorship/marketing collaboration with the National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA).

The sponsorship for HOPEline, staffed by people with chronic kidney disease, is scheduled to launch at the national NRAA Annual Fall Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, Both organizations hope the collaboration will vastly increase the dissemination of information about the RSN HOPEline, helping to spread the word about support services available to people with kidney failure, and their caregivers. The HOPEline toll-free number is 800-579-1970.

"This is a significant collaboration commitment and has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of the 26 million people in the US today with chronic kidney disease," states Lori Hartwell, President and Founder of the Renal Support Network. "Many of these people live with a sense of isolation and have no other patients to talk to," she continues. "RSN was founded on the principle that one friend can make a difference, and with the HOPEline, as patients reach out to share their experience, strength and hope with other patients, they are healed as well."

NRAA President, Stan Langhofer says, "NRAA is thrilled to be able to partner with RSN on this very important service to people with kidney disease. The NRAA Board of Directors and our national membership strongly believe in RSN; what Lori and her team are doing is remarkable and we are excited to be a vital part of the HOPEline for years to come."

RSN, a non-profit, patient-run organization, offers informative, patient-directed programs that bring health, happiness and hope into the lives of others affected by chronic kidney disease, whether in its early stages, on dialysis or after a kidney transplant. RSN programs include Renal Teen Prom, Kidney Talk, Kidney Times, KidneySpace, weKAN, HOPEline, PEPP Patient Speakers, Patient Meetings, Live & Give Newsletter, and much more. RSN strives to help others develop their personal coping skills, special talents and employability, by educating and empowering them, as well as their family members, to take control of the course and management of the disease. The web site, http://www.RSNhope.org , contains more detailed information.

The NRAA, on the web at http://www.NRAA.org, supports members from all types of providers through the weekly e-mail newsletter, "Renal Watch", the Annual Meeting, through ongoing educational opportunities and lobbying efforts in Congress and at Medicare. NRAA is credible advocate and resource for all Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) providers through legislation, regulation and education.

The NRAA Fall Conference, the largest national convention for administrators and managers of renal dialysis facilities, will be held September 24 - 26 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The conference, which this year features the new "Conditions for Coverage," offers unparalleled networking and educational opportunities for renal administrators, nurse managers, nurses, medical directors, technicians and financial/billing managers employed by university, hospital, and freestanding facilities.

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