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 .

NW Winter Storm OR

Another winter storm is expected to create heavy rain and danger of flooding in southwestern Oregon, and snow in the Willamette Valley, eastern Oregon, south-central Washington, and southern Idaho on Wednesday December 14, 2016.  Snow is expected to reach Eugene around 6am, Salem around 8am, Portland-Vancouver and Boise around 11am, and Tri-Cities around 1pm local time, with snow continuing all day.  Temperatures are expected to be 25-35ºF in the Willamette and Treasure Valleys, and 10-30ºF in south-central Washington and eastern Oregon.  As is often the case, wind and ice will complicate travel in and near the Columbia Gorge.  Find local information at http://forecast.weather.gov/product_sites.php?site=CRH&product=WSW and  http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/ .

Networks are required by CMS to monitor the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to receive dialysis, are impaired by weather or other issues, please fill out the Network Disaster Reporting Form at https://www.nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf and fax it to the Network at 206-923-0716.  For questions or emergency assistance contact Network 16 at 206-923-0714.

NW Snow and Ice WA/OR

Forecasters differ as to timing, but most agree that a serious if short-lived snowstorm is scheduled to hit western Oregon late Wednesday, and western Washington sometime on Thursday, with significant ice in some locations as the storm turns to sleet and rain late Thursday or early Friday.  Enter your zip code in the box at the top of the National Weather Service’s Winter Storm Watch at http://forecast.weather.Gov./showsigwx.php?warnzone=WAZ039&warncounty=WAC011&firewxzone=WAZ604&local_place1=5%20Miles%20NE%20Vancouver%20WA&product1=Winter+Storm+Watch&lat=45.6868&lon=-122.576#.WEgkfb9zeUc and check it every few hours, or another ongoing forecast of your choosing.

Networks are required by CMS to monitor the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to receive dialysis, are impaired by weather or other issues, please fill out the Network Disaster Reporting Form at https://www.nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf and fax it to the Network at 206-923-0716.  For questions or emergency assistance contact Lisa Hall, 206-923-0714, or lhall@nw16.esrd.net .