Dialysis Patient Citizens Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

Educating Americans about the Importance of Kidney Health Remains Key

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Sep 02, 2008, 01:00 ET from Dialysis Patient Citizens

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dialysis Patient
 Citizens (DPC) -- a nationwide, non-profit patient advocacy group comprised
 of more than 23,000 dialysis and pre-dialysis patients and family members
 working to advance the quality of life of dialysis patients -- announced
 this month the addition of three new board members -- Dr. Gene Copello, of
 Washington, D.C.; Erich Ditschman, of East Lansing, MI; and Nancy Scott, of
 New Castle, DE. All newly appointed members come to the board with a wealth
 of experience in the kidney environment where they have worked to
 understand the issues of importance to dialysis patients and the
 difficulties patients sometimes face.
     Dr. A. Gene Copello has 25 years of public health program and public
 policy experience. He is the Executive Director of The AIDS Institute, a
 national nonprofit and nonpartisan public policy research, advocacy, and
 education organization. The agency is affiliated with the University of
 South Florida where Dr. Copello is an Assistant Professor in the College of
 Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine.
 Previously, Dr. Copello served as Chief of HIV Services for the City of San
 Francisco and as Executive Director of the San Mateo County AIDS Program in
 California. He began his career in HIV/AIDS as a faculty member at the
 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he also founded and
 directed the Vanderbilt AIDS Project.
     Erich Ditschman, of East Lansing, MI, is the former President/CEO of
 Clinton River Watershed Council. Ditschman has been involved with DPC for
 years through his work as a DPC Patient Ambassador. He has met with
 Congressional leaders and staff in Washington, D.C. and over the past six
 years, has organized a team for the Mid Michigan Walk, which has raised
 over $42,000 for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. A home hemo
 dialysis patient, he is the moderator of NxStage Users Group and was the
 recipient of the February 2008 DPC Hero Award, which honors an individual
 who goes above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others
     Nancy Scott, of New Castle, DE, is a registered nurse, an ordained
 minister, and has been an in-center hemodialysis patient since her kidney
 disease diagnosis in 2004. Since then, she has been involved with DPC as a
 Patient Ambassador. She also serves as a patient representative of Advisory
 Board at ESRD Network 4 and a Chairperson at Henrietta Johnson Medical
 Center for Clinical Evaluation Committee. Scott has also established a
 support group to encourage better communication between clinic staff and
 patients, and has traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with lawmakers.
 Scott was the recipient of the November 2007 DPC Hero Award.
     "The addition of these board members will enhance DPC's ability to
 educate Americans about the importance of kidney health. It remains
 important that we educate all friends and neighbors as well as Members of
 Congress on the importance of education awareness and quality dialysis
 care," said DPC Executive Director Chad Lennox. "We are inspired by the
 continued support, work and service to the kidney community of Dr. Gene
 Copello, Erich Ditschman and Nancy Scott."
     The majority of the members on the DPC Board of Directors are current
 dialysis patients. Board members are chosen based on their work experience,
 community service and kidney care community involvement. Board members
 typically have a background in advocacy and bring with them diverse
 knowledge and experience that allows the organization to move forward.
     About Dialysis Patient Citizens
     Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) is a nonprofit patient organization
 dedicated to improving dialysis patients' quality of life by developing
 awareness of dialysis issues, advocating for dialysis patients, improving
 the partnership between patients and caregivers, and promoting favorable
 public policy. To learn more about DPC, please visit

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