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My Journal Courier: Jacksonville Memorial hosting free kidney disease, diabetes screenings

Updated: Oct 4, 2022

Jacksonville Memorial Hospital is hosting free screenings for kidney disease and diabetes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14.

The screenings will take place in the main lobby and meeting rooms of the hospital at 1600 W. Walnut St. Tests will include blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference, urinalysis and a blood draw if necessary. Participants do not need to fast, but will be asked to provide a urine sample.

The hospital is collaborating with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, using its KidneyMobile program to perform screenings. Once test results are in, participants can talk privately with a medical expert about what they mean.

Jacksonville Memorial Director of Community Health Lori Hartz said the hospital has screened thousands of patients through the program, many of whom had no indication they had issues with their kidneys.

“One in three adults is at risk for kidney disease,” she said. “Our goal is to educate the community about the risks for kidney disease and detect it early so people can manage the disease and slow its progression.”

Appointments are not required, but anyone interested must pre-register at the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' website. A limited amount of walk-in appointments will be available. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

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