9/24 NW Kidney Walk/Run Portland

On September 24, 2017, NW Kidney Kids will sponsor a benefit 5K, 10K, and Family Run/Walk in Portland.  This first-annual event will celebrate all people impacted by kidney disease and bring together the community to support children living with chronic kidney disease.  You can create your own team to raise donations, join an existing team, register to participate in one of the races or Run/Walk, or simply make a donation, all at https://www.crowdrise.com/strutyourkidney .  If you have questions or want to get involved in the event or organization, contact Race Director Lauren Lynn at lauren@nwkidneykids.org or 541-499-2018.  NW Kidney Kids is the only organization in the Northwest focused on serving children and teens with chronic kidney disease and their families.

NW <6/25 Heat Wave W WA/OR

Temperatures are currently expected on June 24-25, 2017 to range between 80 and 100°F in Western Washington and Western Oregon from Florence and Eugene north, including the mountains and Columbia Gorge through Hood River.  Networks are required by CMS to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.

If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.  Contact Lisa Hall at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 206-923-0714.  We also ask that you fill out and submit our Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful:

5/18 NW Transplant Class Portland

Legacy Transplant Services will present a free May 18, 2017 class in Portland OR for patients, family, and others who want to learn about kidney transplantation and donation, called Is Kidney Transplant Right for You?  The in-person class will be held at Legacy Good Samaritan hospital, and will simultaneously be presented as a webinar (with live Legacy Transplant staff) at the FMC Maywood Park Dialysis facility.  RSVP requested.  For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/TransplantClass0517.pdf .

NW 10/1+ NW16 Quality Conference

October 1, 2017 is the cutoff date on early registration for the October 22, 2017 Network 16 Annual Quality Conference to be held in Tukwila WA.  Continuing Education credits will be available for nurses, technicians, social workers, and dietitians.  Find preliminary details in the April 2017 Network 16 News at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

The News also includes a “Question Corner” on notifying the Network about interruptions to facility operations that occur after hours or on weekends, and in the “Hot Dates” corner a note on the professional CNSW meeting on May 11-12, 2017 (see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/511-cnsw-educational-conference/ ).

NW Network Council Call Recordings

A recording of the January 9, 2017 Network Council Call has been placed on the Northwest Renal Network website, along with a pdf of the slides from the webinar.  The call described the current Network contract structure and obligations, with emphasis on this year’s Quality Improvement Activities and CROWNWeb requirements and protocols.  Find the recording at https://healthinsight.adobeconnect.com/p6sn4hjkmow/?proto=true and the slides at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia/2017/2017NW16NetworkCouncilPresentationFinal.pdf .

NW 1/9 Network Coordination

The December issue of Network 16 News, Northwest Renal Network’s newsletter for ESRD facilities, lists the services that Networks provide as a partner, resource, and asset for facilities.  Find a copy at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

The issue includes announcement of registration for the January 9, 2017 NWRN Network Council Call at http://www.yourconferencecenter.com/r.aspx?p=1&a=UsZwfoqVWpUKNr .  Note that the code is UsZwfoqVWpUKNr, with a q (lower case Q) in the middle; some versions of the printed News had a g in the middle instead.  

“The Question Corner” question in this edition is about patients who haven’t been seen for thirty days.  “Hot Dates” include:

NW 12/31 NWRD Conference

The 2017 Northwest Renal Dietitians Annual Conference will be held in Seattle March 2-3, 2017.   Rapidly-approaching deadlines for abstract and poster submission, scholarship application, and exhibitor registration are all December 31, 2016.  For more information see http://www.nwrdonline.org/ and http://www.nwrdonline.org/conference-overview .