For Immediate Release May 18, 2015
Contact: Nieltje Gedney, Vice President,
Home Dialyzors United
Home Dialyzors United Announces 2016 Award Winners
Shepherdstown, WV. Home Dialyzors United (HDU) is delighted to announce the
winner’s of its 2016 awards. The awards will be presented at an Awards Luncheon, which will be held during HDU’s Meet Up and Conference at Circus Circus Resort in Las Vegas, NV, October 7-10, 2016. This year, HDU is teaming up with NxStage to promote nocturnal dialysis and launch “Nxspeditions”, a new travel program at NxStage. The theme of the conference is Home Dialysis: It’s a Safe Bet.
As at past conferences, the HDU meet-up will consist of a national audience of patients, care partners, and renal professionals coming together in an atmosphere of shared learning and collaboration. The awards luncheon will be held after a morning of panel discussions, on October 8.
The Chris Blagg Award, named after Northwest Kidney Center’s Director Emeritus, is given annually to an individual whose pioneering vision best exemplifies the spirit of innovation in dialysis. No one has done more to inspire a new vision of innovation in dialysis than Shuvo Roy and his team, inventors of the implantable artificial kidney. “Along with my clinical partner, William Fissell, and the rest of The Kidney Project team, we are honored to receive the Chris Blagg Award. We are grateful to HDU for recognizing our efforts to develop a functional cure for kidney failure.”
The Trailblazer Award is given to an individual or group who has consistently led the way in fostering knowledge about home dialysis and access to home treatment. Because of its commitment to home dialysis, Satellite Healthcare has been chosen as this year’s recipient. Kay Deck, Vice President of Home Services, replied “I’d like to thank HDU for honoring Satellite Healthcare with your prestigious 2016 Trailblazers Award! The recognition of our commitment to home dialysis supports our initiative to Re-Imagine Home because we know that home dialysis provides the best outcomes for patients and the best opportunity to live the life they love.”
The Rich Berkowitz Memorial Award is given to an individual who has shown exceptional and creative leadership in patient education and advocacy and embodies the spirit of Home Dialyzors United’s founder. The HDU board is thrilled to honor Mark Neumann of Nephrology and News Issues for his constant support of Home Dialyzors United and the dialysis community in general. Throughout the years, he has championed the cause of home dialyzors and their families at both local and national levels and has been a loyal supporter to the organization.
The work of all the honorees has not only improved the lives of countless patients who have benefited from their pioneering efforts but also the families who are impacted by their loved one’s chronic kidney failure.
Please join HDU to recognize these winners and to explore “It’s a Safe Bet” in Las Vegas. Register for the conference and luncheon at the Home Dialyzors United website https://homedialyzorsunited.org/save-date-lv-home