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Senate leader learns of kidney diseases

POSTED: August 9, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Staff members at the Davita Hinesville Dialysis center stand with state Sen. Eric Johnson during his visit on June 30.

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The president pro tem of the Georgia Senate, Sen. Eric Johnson (D-Savannah), attended a reception the Hinesville Dialysis clinic on June 30.
He met with staff and patients. The medical director, Dr. C. Thomas Tucker told the senator about dialysis, medical problems related to end stage renal disease, transplant options and emphasized the need to prevent kidney disease and to educate the public on end stage renal disease.
During Johnson's tour, he met with patients listening to their issues and concerns. One of the major issues facing dialysis patients in this area is transportation. Senator Eric Johnson received a card signed by all patients and staff and received a Davita Care package.
Tucker said 73 people dialyze at the Davita Hinesville Dialysis three times a week. These people have end stage renal disease predominately due to diabetes and hypertension, the doctor said.
According to the American Kidney foundation, "470,000 people in the United States are being treated for end stage renal disease at a cost of $60,000 per patient per year. At the end of December 2007, there were approximately 14,243 prevalent dialysis patients in Georgia."

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