The National Kidney Foundation of Indiana’s mission is to prevent kidney and urinary tract disease, improve the health and well being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.
The National Kidney Foundation was established in 1950 to support kidney patients and their families.
The National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, Inc. (NKFI) was founded in 1970 to better serve Hoosiers by raising awareness about the dangers of kidney disease, funding research, advocating for kidney patients, and developing programs to make life better for kidney patients and transplant recipients.
Since the early 1990s, NKFI has made prevention a primary focus. The Computerized Assessment of Risk Evaluation – C.A.R.E. program was based on identifying and educating family members of kidney patients of their high risk for kidney disease. This program was adopted by the NKF national office and developed into an international program, Kidney Early Evaluation Program – KEEP. Currently, NKFI realizes the importance of prevention and/or early intervention and partners with the Indiana State Health Department and Managed Health Services to provide a prevention screening to the people of Indiana.
Currently, in the 2000s NKFI continues the fight against kidney disease and promotes organ and tissue donation and transplantation. NKFI has a three-prong approach with services to patients and transplant recipients; education and awareness for the general public; and continuing education for medical professionals.
Board of Directors
Casey Enzor, President
Nancy Baird, MD, President-Elect
Andy Arrendale, RN, BSN, CCM, Vice President
Mary Liddell, Vice President
Lori Bryant, MBA, Treasurer
Bethanne Johnston, RN, MSN, CPNP, Secretary
Amy Wilson, MD,
Medical Advisory Board Chairman
Jane Estes, Immediate Past President
Jill Dusina, MPA
Islam Ghoneim, MD
Mahendra Govani, MD
Suzie Hedrick, BSN, RN
Deepak Jasuja, MD, FCCP, FASN
Dennis Mishler, MD
Curtis Warfield, MS
William H. Dick, MD
Richard J. Hamburger, MD
Stuart A. Kleit, MD
Margie Evans Fort, Chief Executive Officer
Joy Araujo, Development Specialist
Noni Hoham, Development Operations Manager
Sarah Kendall, Development and Volunteer Specialist
Ashley Meyer, Office Manager
Janine Moore, Deputy Director
Patricia Ogbonna, Accountant
Brandon Spice, Program Manager
Glorious Taylor, Outreach Coordinator
2022 Annual Review
The year of 2022 was all about reassessing and returning the programs and services for kidney patients and transplant recipients to the state of Indiana. Through research, surveys and conversations, the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana (NKFI) began the process of developing new programs and services while enhancing the old. It is our vision statement to “Make Lives Better” for those impacted by kidney disease. This new post pandemic world has demanded a reassessment of how to make the lives of those we serve better. It is gratifying to be able to return to familiar programs and develop new ones.
The Indiana Kidney Check screening program was safely returned to the community in an effort to educate about and prevent kidney disease in high risk areas. This screening is very much face to face contact and includes blood and urine tests, contact that were not allowed during the pandemic. NKFI developed safety precautions for health screenings along with all programs and
services including the Kidney Walks, Golf tournaments, the Gala, and Kidney Camp. Kidney Camp was especially challenging with almost 30 high-risk children spending 5 nights and 6 days together playing, eating, sharing bathrooms and more. However, everyone was so pleased to be together again that all the necessary precautions were quickly accepted.
Returning to the provisions of programs and services and learning safety precautions was necessary due to new kidney patients from COVID 19, and the pandemic having changed the lives of those already living with kidney disease. NKFI had to assess the needs of kidney patients and transplant recipients post COVID. Identifying the new challenges in 2022 and the implementation of programs to address those challenges in the year 2023 guarantees a remarkable year to come!
Amy Wilson, MD — NKFI Medical Advisory Board Chairman
Casey Enzor — NKFI Board of Directors President
Margie Evans Fort, MPA — NKFI Chief Executive Officer