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Jacksonville Memorial Hosts Free Kidney Disease, Diabetes Screening


The mobile testing unit and team of experts will make a stop at the nonprofit hospital from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the main lobby and meeting rooms, 1600 W. Walnut St.

Screenings include blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference, urinalysis and a blood draw, if necessary. Fasting is not required. A urine sample will be required.

No appointment is necessary, but preregistration is required at A limited number of walk-in appointments will be available. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

“One in three adults is at risk for kidney disease,” said Lori Hartz, director of community health at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital. “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.”

In addition to the free screenings, participants will be able to talk privately with a health care professional about their results and take an educational tour of the Kidney Mobile, a custom mobile unit that travels across the state screening people for kidney disease.

“Over the years, we have screened thousands of community members through the Kidney Mobile program at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital, some of whom we referred to physicians for diagnosis of kidney disease, hypertension and diabetes,” said Hartz. “Many of these people had no indications or awareness that they were at risk.”

For more information, contact the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois at 312-321-1500 or