Agnesian HealthCare Seeking Volunteers For FDL Dialysis Unit
For 23 years, the professionals Agnesian HealthCare’s dialysis services in Fond du Lac have helped countless individuals experiencing kidney failure to receive quality, ongoing treatment.
Agnesian Dialysis Services offers two methods of treatment to people with end-stage kidney disease. Hemodialysis is a procedure, which uses a machine to rid the blood of waste buildup and remove excess water.
The second method, peritoneal dialysis, places fluid into the abdominal cavity to flush out the waste and excess water, which a functioning kidney would normally remove.
In addition, staff works with patients on renal (kidney) transplant options, including getting them on transplant waiting lists.
Patients and their families benefit from a multi-disciplinary team, including Bret Pasiuk, MD, a board-certified nephrologist. He is joined by Melissa Johnson, APNP, and Lisa Drew, APNP, both nurse practitioners.
Working closely with these providers are Diane Posthuma, dialysis director, and Sue VanHouten, clinical supervisor, and a full complement of certified nurses and technicians. In addition, Agnesian Dialysis Services offers patients comprehensive support services from dietitians, social workers and chaplains who understand the special needs of patients on dialysis.
The dialysis center is looking to expand another dimension of its care in Fond du Lac – volunteers.
Volunteers are needed at the dialysis center on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The ideal volunteer enjoys being around people, is a good listening and is detail oriented to record patients’ weights. Interested individuals can choose to work one day per week or more.
For more information or to share interest in joining the dialysis team, contact Barb VanEgtern, Agnesian HealthCare Volunteer Services supervisor, at (920) 926-4966 or complete an online application at agnesian.com (go to the careers tab and select volunteers).
Photo caption: The Fond du Lac Dialysis Center, operated by Agnesian HealthCare, is looking for volunteers – like Lucy Dreifuerst – to assist patients as they are present for various dialysis services