Kidney Care Services at Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Renal Services Program Overview

Trinitas offers world-class expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of renal disease. Our renal program has won a national award for excellence in patient care. Our physicians and staff offer years of experience and operate out of three locations that are convenient to area residents. We emphasize expert diagnosis, treatment and early intervention for those at greatest risk.

People at high risk for renal—also known as kidney—disease include those with diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension) and family history of kidney disease. African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and senior citizens are at increased risk. We encourage people in this group to be tested for renal disease through the National Kidney Foundation's free health screening program, KEEP, which is offered annually at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

If you think you are at risk, you need to be seen by a physician. We recommend physicians associated with Trinitas.

If a person is diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, Trinitas offers an array of programs. "Early diagnosis and intervention is the key to a higher quality of life," said Dr. James McAnally, MD. He encourages those diagnosed with kidney disease to enter Trinitas' THRIVE program. The goal of THRIVE (The High Risk-Intervention Via Education) program is not only to slow the progression of kidney disease, but also to educate patients on treatment options, to improve compliance and outcomes, and to help them adjust to dialysis. Learn about a patient in Stage 5 kidney failure who was helped. Learn about a patient with less severe symptoms who was helped.

Trinitas also provides treatment and support for those with end stage renal disease. This is a condition in which the kidneys no longer function normally. In cases like this, patients may require hemodialysis, a procedure where an artificial kidney is used to remove waste and fluid from the body. Trinitas provides hemodialysis at three locations. Or patients may require peritoneal dialysis. In this type of dialysis, a patient's blood is cleansed inside his/her body using the natural membrane in the abdomen as a filter.

To better serve our patients, all three Trinitas dialysis facilities have achieved 5-Diamond status through the Quality Insights Renal Network 3. The 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program was developed as an innovative training and recognition program to assist dialysis providers in increasing awareness and building a culture of safety among patients. The Quality Insights Renal Network 3 oversees renal programs in New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The 5-Diamond program is designed to focus on specific areas in need of improvement and consistency for end stage renal disease patients on dialysis. In August 2012, the three outpatient dialysis centers of Trinitas Regional Medical Center's Renal Services Program joined the prestigious group of dialysis centers recognized as 5-Diamond facilities. Less than 20% of all dialysis centers in the state of New Jersey have achieved the 5-Diamond status.