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
Jane Estes, President
Casey Enzor, President-Elect/Treasurer
Andy Arrendale, RN, BSN, CCM, Vice President
Jessica Tower, Vice President
Bethanne Johnston, RN, MSN, CPNP, Secretary
Amy Wilson, MD,
Medical Advisory Board Chairman
Denice Damerau, Ex. Officio
Islam Ghoneim, MD
Mahendra Govani, MD
Suzie Hedrick, RN
Mary Kay Hensley, MS, RD, CSR
Michael Kraus, MD
Dennis Mishler, MD
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
Jill Johnson, Office Manager
Janine Moore, Deputy Director
Patricia Ogbonna, Accountant
Brandon Spice, Development Specialist
2020 Annual Review
As the leadership of the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, Inc. in the year 2020, our excitement to celebrate NKFI’s 50th anniversary was weighted with
leading NKFI through an emerging pandemic—COVID-19. NKFI has been dedicated to fighting kidney disease, increasing organ donation, and serving Hoosiers. Suddenly our methods of providing programs and services were challenged by a virus that was growing exponentially and that the scientific community was struggling to control.
What soon became apparent in 2020 was that the COVID-19 virus was creating new kidney patients in a volume not seen in our previous 50 years of service to
Hoosiers. The term “Acute Kidney Injury” became a part of the general population’s language, and suddenly NKFI had to address the challenge of educating and servicing these new kidney patients should they survive COVID-19 infection.
Additionally, food insecurity became a major concern for people served byNKFI as COVID-19 caused job loss and other financial hardships. NKFI started fielding questions about how transplant recipients could remain safe in this new COVID-19 environment.
As the COVID-19 threats to the NKFI community grew and services became more urgently needed, NKFI faced the challenge of diminishing funds and maintaining staff. Further impacting this financial challenge, many NKFI board members are medical practitioners who were taxed with treating the massive surge of COVID-19 patients in Indiana and could not devote as much time to NKFI as in the past. This financial challenge required focus and effort by the NKFI staff and board in 2020 to create new ways of fundraising.
With excitement to celebrate NKFI’s 50th anniversary and a determination to meet these 2020 challenges, amazing people involved with NKFI found ways to serve kidney patients and transplant recipients in Indiana. This started with a rigorous examination of all NKFI programs, services, and fundraisers for safety and either completely recreating them or putting them on hiatus. As you review the 2020 Annual Report, you will see NKFI board and staff met the challenges of 2020 with creativity and skill, all in dedication to NKFI’s mission to service Indiana. As the leaders of NKFI, we are amazed, impressed and so appreciative of the people who stepped forward to assist, educate and stay in lock-step with science as we move forward into this new pandemic world.
Nancy Baird, MD — NKFI Medical Advisory Board Chairman
Jane Estes, — NKFI Board of Directors President
Margie Evans Fort, MPA — NKFI Chief Executive Officer