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Kidney Health

Your kidneys are responsible for filtering waste and excess fluids from your body. So when kidney functionality decreases, harmful amounts of fluid and waste can build up in your body. In most cases, you can prevent or manage kidney issues by making healthy, kidney-conscious decisions.

Classes & Events

Chronic Kidney Disease Class

Community Education

Eau Claire, WI
01/09/2019
9-11 a.m.

In The News

New Prague welcomes new urologist

Ken Smith, M.D., Ph.D, sees patients every Wednesday for urology services.

February 12, 2018

From The Blog

A perfect match: Wife donates kidney to husband of 43 years

When Ed and Darlene Waters got married 43 years ago, it seemed they were a perfect match. It was only recently, though, that the couple learned just how true that really was.

August 30, 2018

Sepsis diagnosis prompts quick action to save woman’s life

The graduation party for Susan Kohnke’s son was memorable, but not in the way she wanted. Instead of reflecting on day celebrating school successes, she remembers it being the day she developed symptoms of a severe condition that nearly claimed her life.

July 10, 2018

After nine years on waiting list, Barron woman receives new kidney

A long wait was finally over for a Barron woman when she received word that a donor had come forward that was a match. It was a Christmas gift 9 years in the making.

February 12, 2016

Tuned-in technology: Program monitors patients from afar

Like everyone, Katherine Schmitz has good days and bad days — but the bad days are what worry her family and medical team. That's when her medical providers recommended she try Telehealth, a home monitoring program.

September 4, 2015

Dialysis is ... fun?

A gift of a t-shirt has lifted the spirits of one dialysis patient — who now inspires others.

July 24, 2015

Kidney-conscious decisions keep you healthy

Just like the rest of your organs, kidneys don’t last forever. In fact, according to the National Kidney Foundation, you lose about 1 percent of kidney function per year after age 40. There are lifestyle-induced factors that can expedite the loss of kidney function and lead to chronic kidney disease, which is the gradual loss of kidney function over the course of months or years.

March 16, 2015