Dearborn Community to Host Kidney Disease Awareness Event

Aug 08, 2011, 12:19 ET from Dialysis Patient Citizens

Michigan Dialysis Summit will feature Congressman John Conyers (MI-14), Patient Advocate Julia Herzog and Dr. Robert Provenzano, VP of Medical Affairs at DaVita

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, August 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., members of the Dearborn-area community will come together to raise awareness about chronic kidney disease (CKD) at the Sanford-Brown College Dearborn Campus.  The Michigan Dialysis Summit will focus on bringing attention to the more than 12,500 Michigan residents who rely on life-saving dialysis treatment and the more than 30 million Americans who suffer from CKD.

The Dialysis Summit will feature Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI-14), who will address the state of the health care system and provide a public policy perspective.  Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) Patient Ambassador Julia Herzog will share her personal struggle with kidney failure and discuss the importance of patient advocacy.  Dr. Robert Provenzano, Vice President of Medical Affairs at DaVita, will speak to clinical advances in the treatment of kidney disease and DPC Executive Director Hrant Jamgochian will act as host of the event and touch on health disparities and kidney disease.

The event is sponsored by Dialysis Patient Citizens, DaVita Inc. and Sanford-Brown College, and will be held at the Sanford-Brown College Dearborn Campus at 5900 Mercury Drive, Dearborn, MI.

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Dialysis Patient Citizens is a nationwide, non-profit, patient-led dialysis organization that works to improve the quality of life for all dialysis patients through education and advocacy. For more information, please visit

DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services and education to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. For more information, please visit

Jessica Nagro
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