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 1990’s, 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
Jane Estes, President
Casey Enzor, Vice President, Treasurer
Jessica Tower, Vice President
Dennis Mishler, MD, Secretary
Amy Wilson, MD, Medical Advisory Board Chairman
Denice Damerau, Ex. Officio
Andy Arrendale, RN, BSN, CCM
Islam Ghoneim, MD
Mahendra Govani, MD
Suzie Hedrick, RN
Mary Kay Hensley, MS, RD, CSR
Bethanne Johnston, RN, MSN, CPNP
Michael Kraus, MD
William H. Dick, MD
Richard J. Hamburger, MD
Stuart A. Kleit, MD
Susan Pfettscher, RN, DNSc
Margie Evans Fort, Chief Executive Officer
Joy Araujo, Development Specialist
Noni Hoham, Development Operations Manager
Jill Johnson, Office Manager
Janine Moore, Deputy Director
Patricia Ogbonna, Accountant
Brandon Spice, Development Specialist
2019 Annual Review
On July 16, 2019, an Executive Order issued by President Donald Trump brought a new focus to the field of nephrology. The Executive Order declared:
“The state of care for patients with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is unacceptable: too many at-risk patients progress to late-stage kidney failure; the mortality rate is too high; current treatment options are expensive and do not produce an acceptable quality of life; and there are not enough kidneys donated to meet the current demand for transplants.”
This Executive Order brought national attention to the awareness and prevention of kidney disease; increasing and developing more effective treatment options; increasing transplantation and incentives for transplantation; and having incentives for research and development of the artificial and wearable kidney. While this was an exciting development, the impact of this order remained unclear.
In Indiana, while we waited to see the impact of this order, the decision was made to continue the enhancement of our Prevention Program, the Indiana Kidney Check; continue our participation with Indiana State Legislators and the Indiana State Health Department in developing a Strategic Plan for Diabetes (another prevention effort); and develop methods to assess the needs of kidney patients and transplant recipients due to any changes caused by this order. It was anticipated that needs would change as treatments and processes changed.
The National Kidney Foundation of Indiana will be celebrating 50 years of service in 2020. The anticipation of celebrating 50 years and adapting to whatever changes develop in nephrology make it an exciting time for NKFI. The board, staff, and volunteers are ready for the changes!
Jane Estes, — Board President
Margie Evans Fort, MPA — Chief Executive Officer