Pentec Health Employees Participate in Early Kidney Disease Evaluation Program in Partnership with Kidney TRUST

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Early evaluation kidney screening program designed to raise awareness about Chronic Kidney Disease.

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We had been talking about doing a screening program and because kidney disease is an integral part of our business, this was the perfect place to start.

Pentec Health, a developer of proprietary nutritional therapies for patients suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD), recently participated in an early evaluation kidney screening program designed to raise awareness about CKD. The program was launched as part of the company’s Best Places to Work initiative, for which Pentec won an award in 2011. More than half the employees at Pentec Health’s suburban Philadelphia office took advantage of the free health screening. The program was delivered in partnership with Kidney TRUST, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the progression of CKD and providing financial assistance to those affected by CKD.

Pentec offers onsite programs, such as educational fairs and medical screening programs, to help employees take charge of their own health and improve their work-life balance, stated Becky Helfter, HR Training & Instructional Design Specialist. “We already have a flu shot program and one of our nurses is available to perform blood pressure checks.” Helfter continues, “We had been talking about doing a screening program and because kidney disease is an integral part of our business, this was the perfect place to start.”

According to the Kidney TRUST, 31 million American adults have CKD. Ninety percent of those are unaware of their disease because CKD is a silent epidemic with little or no symptoms until the kidneys begin to fail. Those with CKD are at risk for heart attack, stroke, anemia and bone disease. If caught early, CKD is treatable.

First, employee participants completed a health risk appraisal; then, a small sample of blood was drawn by a professional phlebotomist. The samples were analyzed onsite by a trained educator and the confidential results were discussed with the employee. “The process was very smooth and well thought out. You don’t have to leave your place of employment and there’s no co-pay. It’s a win win,” said Kelly Robinson-Taylor, Patient Financial Advocate at Pentec Health. “I have been personally affected by CKD as I have a few family members who have been diagnosed with renal disease, so I realize the importance of early testing. I believe in being proactive whenever possible and greatly appreciate my company for organizing this event.”

About Kidney TRUST
The Kidney TRUST aims to benefit the 31 million American adults living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), as well as the 506,000 Americans with kidney failure that require dialysis or a kidney transplant. The TRUST was formed to increase awareness of kidney disease through public education and testing programs so that progression of CKD to kidney failure can be delayed or prevented. For more information visit http://www.kidneytrust.org
About Pentec Health, Inc.
Pentec Health Inc. is a privately held specialty infusion services and healthcare technology company headquartered in suburban Philadelphia. Cutting edge innovations in patient care allow Pentec Health to provide products and services to underserved patient populations. The Joint Commission has consistently awarded Pentec with a Gold Seal of Approval for their commitment to providing the highest level of patient safety and patient care for renal nutritional and specialty infusion home care services. Pentec’s renal nutrition business specializes in providing patient-specific, proprietary nutritional therapies for patients suffering from chronic kidney disease. Pentec’s specialty infusion business provides in-home care for patients with implanted drug delivery pumps treating severe pain and/or spasticity. Pentec’s award-winning executives are noted for top leadership and giving back to the communities in which they serve. For more information, visit http://www.pentechealth.com

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