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The Penn State Health Approach to Kidney Diseases

Penn State Health provides expert care for kidney diseases, from kidney problems related to high blood pressure and autoimmune conditions to kidney failure. Our dedicated team offers the latest approaches to diagnose and treat kidney-related illnesses.

As an academic medical center, we have experience treating all types and stages of kidney disease. You can find therapies here you won’t find anywhere else nearby. We use sophisticated tests to diagnose problems at the earliest stages to help prevent complications and relieve symptoms. We also have the largest, most experienced transplant team in central Pennsylvania, offering a comprehensive transplant program — including living donor transplants.

If you or someone you love has kidney disease, it’s comforting to know you have an experienced, compassionate team you can count on. We offer comprehensive treatment and support to give you the highest quality of life possible.

Complete Care for a Full Range of Kidney Diseases

Our kidney disease specialists treat the full range of kidney diseases in both children and adults.

Our nephrologists (kidney specialists) treat all types of kidney problems, kidney cancer and those related to diabetes. We provide long-term care for kidney failure — both hospital and home-based dialysis — and kidney transplantation. You get comprehensive care and support every step of the way.

We help you and your family cope with kidney disease and offer counseling to help you adjust to changes in your health, lifestyle and work. We offer training for home-based dialysis and make sure you have information about available support — such as federal, state and local agencies, including funding for dialysis and medicines. You get all the assistance you need to live well.

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Support Groups

Chronic Disease Patient Support Group

Patients and their caregivers with chronic diseases such as COPD, diabetes, heart failure and stroke are invited to this educational and emotional support group.

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Patients and their caregivers with chronic diseases such as COPD, diabetes, heart failure and stroke are invited to this educational and emotional support group.

The group meets the third Thursday of every month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Penn State Health St. Joseph - Spring Ridge, 2607 Keiser Blvd., Wyomissing. A second group meets the last Wednesday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. at the St. Joseph Downtown Campus, 145 N. 6th Street, Reading, where it is offered in both English and Spanish.

The meetings offer a safe environment, activities, shared experiences and information sessions from a variety of health care professionals, said Clinical Disease Coordinator Morgan Boyer.

“Chronic diseases play into exacerbations that force patients to seek emergency services that could be prevented,” she said. “If they have a person who keeps them on point, someone to talk to for support, they have a greater likelihood of success. The goal is for the client to own their disease.”

The groups meet in large rooms that allow for proper social distancing. Participants are screened for COVID-19 and must wear masks. A Zoom option is available. For more information or to register, call 610-378-2030.

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Why Choose Penn State Health for Kidney Disease Care

We’re a trusted choice for families across Pennsylvania. People choose us for our expertise and advanced therapies.

Advanced Experience in Kidney Transplants

Penn State Health is a regional leader in kidney transplants, supporting about 50 transplants every year. We provide comprehensive care and support from diagnosis through transplantation and beyond, including personal attention and support along the way. You can depend on the highest level of coordinated, quality and safe care in a single place.

We offer:

  • Preparation and evaluation of people seeking transplants and care, support and assistance throughout the entire process, including follow-up care
  • Living donor transplantation, which offers less chance of organ rejection, less immunosuppressive medicines — and fewer drug side-effects — and the ability to schedule the procedure and plan accordingly
  • Combined kidney/pancreas and kidney/liver transplants

Expert, Team-Based Care Designed for You

Your care team may include experts in nephrology, hepatology (liver disease), diabetes, transplant surgery and dialysis.

We also we work closely with specialists throughout Penn State Health, particularly in cardiovascular disease, cardiothoracic surgery, endocrinology, vascular surgery, urology, hematology and cancer.

You get streamlined care to meet your specific needs.

Kidney Diseases Research and Clinical Trials

Our kidney disease specialists are recognized internationally for their laboratory and clinical research into the causes and treatments of kidney disease. That means you’re working with an expert team with access to some of today’s most promising therapies. We’re investigating diabetic nephropathy, kidney injury, chronic kidney disease patient care, disparities in kidney disease management and renal fibrosis. Find out if a kidney disease clinical trial is right for you.

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Convenient Locations

Find the care your family needs, close to home, at one of our many locations throughout central Pennsylvania.

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