TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDNEYS

APRIL 4, 2013
April is National Kidney Month, and Bozeman Deaconess Health Services encourages you to maintain your kidney health. More than 26 million American adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD), and most don’t even know it. Millions of others are at increased risk for developing CKD and its complications.

CKD increases your chance of premature death, according to the National Kidney Foundation, because people with CKD are more likely to develop heart and blood vessel disease. People with diabetes, hypertension or a family history of CKD are at increased risk.

Good kidney function is important because your kidneys keep your body healthy by balancing your fluids and filtering out excess in the form of one to two quarts of urine a day. Your kidneys also regulate important minerals in your blood, such as sodium, potassium, phosphorus and calcium; remove drugs, toxins and waste produced by the breakdown of food and normal muscle activity from your blood; and release hormones into your blood that control blood pressure, make red blood cells and keep your bones healthy.

Symptoms of CKD may include less energy, trouble thinking clearly, poor appetite, trouble sleeping, dry and itchy skin, muscle cramping at night, swollen feet and ankles, puffiness around your eyes and the need to urinate more often.

Dr. Gerald Groggel at Bozeman Deaconess Nephrology can perform simple tests to see if you have CKD. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 414-2410.

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Recognized by National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Physician Practice Connections—Patient-Centered Medical Home program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. Practices receiving recognition are Bozeman Deaconess Belgrade Clinic, Bridger Internal Medicine, Spinelli Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine Associates, and Family Medicine and Pediatrics.
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Our internists are doctors for adults--both in treating disease and keeping patients well. As specialists in adult heath care we care for our patients for life. We oversee our patient’s care even when other doctors are involved.

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Medical Home is a team-led, patient-centered approach to health care, where the patient is the most important player on their healthcare team.  The patient and the medical home team develop a plan of care created specifically for the patient, focuses on wellness and prevention, keeps the patient connected with the health care team and coordinates care with other health care providers.
We offer open scheduling and expanded hours for our patients convenience. Patient-Centered Medical Home practices result in better quality of care and lowed costs for the patient by increasing access to more efficient, more coordinated care. By avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits, these early results are producing savings for payers, purchasers and patients.

Bozeman Deaconess Health Group clinics each received NCQA Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home honors
Bozeman Deaconess Belgrade Clinic, Bridger Internal Medicine, Spinelli Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine Associates and Family Medicine and Pediatrics are recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. 

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931 Highland Blvd
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Bozeman, MT 59715

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