Help us make life better for patients living with end-stage kidney disease

Other than receiving a kidney transplant, which not all patients are approved for, or live long enough to benefit from, end-stage kidney disease is incurable. The only option patients have is some form of dialysis.

With a generous gift to the University Hospital Foundation, you will have immediate and lifelong impact on thousands of people who simply do not get the advanced level of personalized care they need.

The Alberta Kidney Care - North program has a plan to make life better for patients. It looks like this:

Brings together all dialysis options under one roof
Relocate patients away from the acute care hospital setting
Create a comprehensive dialysis centre with a focus on patient comfort, wellness and excellence

Promoting Wellness Over Illness

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The Alberta Kidney Care – North program at the University of Alberta Hospital has been a leader in kidney patient care for over 50 years. Their list of accomplishments includes establishing the first hemodialysis program in Canada and performing the first kidney transplant in Alberta. It’s also home to one of the largest home hemodialysis programs in the world – giving more Albertans the option to dialyze in the comfort of their own home.

The programs services extend throughout Edmonton and northern and central Alberta, and the dialysis chairs operate at full capacity, 24 hours a day. A new location has already been selected and will see the entire 18-chair dialysis unit at the hospital, plus 12 new chairs, moved out of the hospital setting.

Larger, roomier, free parking and designed with convenience, comfort and accessibility – for patients and their families – the new set-up will enable staff to provide better patient care, peer-to-peer support and training, with an ultimate goal of moving more patients to home dialysis. The move out of the hospital will have a dramatic, and immediate effect on the weekly cycle of care for people on dialysis.

Patient Story

Safe at Home

Home hemodialysis has given me my life back, says Taryn. It’s convenient. It’s empowering. You dialyze when you want for as long as you want. And you feel so much better. You can do things that other people do. I work full time. I volunteer.

 

*photos of Taryn taken via zoom

COVID Impact: Safe At Home
Dr. Kailash Jindal, Medical Director, AKC-N

With your support, the new location will mark the beginning of a new paradigm of care for Alberta Kidney Care - North

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