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'Reach' program assists those with chronic kidney disease

Deb PolmanteerTreating chronic kidney disease, which can result from diabetes, high blood pressure and other causes, can involve dialysis and take over the life of a patient and his or her family. That is why at-risk people should be screened, says registered nurse Deb Polmanteer, chronic kidney disease coordinator for the Reach Kidney Care program in Central New York. She describes how this free program -- "Reach" stands for Real Engagement Achieving Complete Health -- helps patients get support and education to cope with the disease and avoid dialysis if possible.