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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to Host the Renal Network Inc.’s Pediatric Committee Meeting to Discuss End-Stage Renal Disease

PITTSBURGH, PA - May 25, 2011 – Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC will host The Renal Network Inc.’s End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Networks pediatric committee meeting, which will occur at the John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center on Thursday, May 26.

Running from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the full-day educational session will bring together Networks 4, 9 and 10, which include the states of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Delaware and Illinois. 

This formal symposium is unique, bringing together medical and nursing directors, social workers, dietitians and others in one setting to interact with each other and share the latest information on pediatric dialysis. This is the only meeting of its kind that is focused on pediatric dialysis professionals and is geared specifically for patients and professionals in this region.

“As hosts of the Renal Network Inc.’s pediatric meeting this year, we look forward to increasing the knowledge of all attendees in pediatric dialysis to strengthen their programs and better assist with their patients’ needs,” said Michael Moritz, M.D., medical director of Pediatric Dialysis and clinical director of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at Children’s Hospital.

Of the approximately 350,000 patients on dialysis in the United States, only about 0.5 percent, or 1,500, are children. Many of these children either have to travel long distances to be dialyzed at pediatric centers or must receive their dialysis at adult centers without the benefit of personnel with pediatric expertise. 

Children typically require dialysis when their kidney function deteriorates to approximately 10 percent of normal. This degree of kidney dysfunction is termed end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and the preferred therapy for children with ESRD is renal transplantation. Dialysis is typically viewed a bridge toward transplantation or for children with a failed transplant or who are not medically suited for dialysis. 

This year’s meeting will bring together attendees from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware; Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa.; St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia; Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago; Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and others.

The Renal Network Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that monitors the quality of dialysis care in Pennsylvania and Delaware (Network 4); Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio (Network 9); and in Illinois (Network 10).

In total, there are 294 pediatric dialysis patients in The Renal Network’s area, which include 84 in Network 4, 127 in Network 9, and 83 in Network 10.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has its own state-of-the-art freestanding Pediatric Dialysis Unit that is dedicated to the care of children on dialysis. Since its opening two years ago, the unit has performed more than 1,700 dialysis treatments.

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919,
Andrea Kunicky, 412-692-6254,

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May 26, 2011
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May 26, 2011