Pentec Health Sponsors Unique Continuing Ed Program to Improve Renal Health

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Featuring Cooking Demonstrations by Chronic Kidney Disease Patient and Chef, Duane Sunwold

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Pentec is dedicated to educating healthcare professionals about enhancing their patients’ renal diet, which is often restrictive, in a practical and fun way in order to maintain good nutrition status, whether pre-dialysis or on dialysis treatment.

Pentec Health, a developer of proprietary nutritional therapies for patients suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD), announced today that it is sponsoring innovative cooking demonstrations as a way for dietitians, nurses, and dialysis technicians to earn continuing education units (CEUs). The classes give these healthcare professionals an interesting and interactive way to enhance the quality of care for CKD patients.

The program features live cooking demonstrations by kidney disease patient and professional chef, Duane Sunwold, and features protein-enhanced meals which help increase levels of albumin, a key indicator of nutritional status in kidney disease. Low albumin can lead to hospitalization and carries with it a high risk for mortality.

Eileen Moore, CNSC, RD LD, Renal Program Clinical Director at Pentec Health explains, “This program is very unique in that we’re addressing the practical side of improving patient health. Pentec is dedicated to educating healthcare professionals about enhancing their patients’ renal diet, which is often restrictive, in a practical and fun way in order to maintain good nutrition status, whether pre-dialysis or on dialysis treatment.”

Recipes Designed by Kidney Disease Patient
Chef Sunwold, Culinary Arts Instructor at Spokane Community College in Washington State, explains that the recipes feature wheat gluten made into seitan, which is low in saturated fat, salt and sugar. These recipes were initially designed with his own dietary needs in mind.

“As a CKD patient, I knew I had to change my diet in order to have a big impact on my quality of life,” he says. “Dietitians are unsung heroes. They are the reason why I am alive and well today. They do a great job of recommending dietary and nutritional changes; however, those changes are difficult to make unless they taste good. That’s where I come in.”

Pentec’s program features Chef Sunwold who teaches his recipes to chefs at restaurant venues where the CEU programs are being held. Each participant is not only taught how to prepare the meals, but also gets to taste the dishes. Each meal consists of an entrée, side dish, bread and dessert. Following the program, attendees are given a recipe book that outlines the dishes sampled at the tasting, as well as several other menu items which dietitians can then share with their patients.

“Once the attendees taste the dishes, they’re sold. This makes it easy to convince patients that their diets can be altered to improve their health and still be flavorful,” continues Chef Sunwold.

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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