Mandy Hale, RN: March 12, 2020

Understanding Kidney Health During National Kidney Month

Expert Available to Discuss Kidney Health


Mandy Hale, RN

Vice President of Nursing, DaVita Kidney Care


March is National Kidney Month. In honor, the kidney care community is raising awareness about chronic kidney disease (CKD) so people can learn the importance of knowing their kidney health. 1 in 7 adults in the U.S. currently has kidney disease but many are unaware because symptoms are difficult to recognize. The best way to manage kidney health is to educate people about common risk factors and help them identify symptoms early.


Did you know?

  • Education is key to prevention. Early detection is possible through a screening that shows the level of kidney function. For people who find out they have declining kidney function, it’s important to connect with a kidney doctor who can help slow down or even stop the progression of CKD before kidney failure.
  • Kidney failure occurs when kidneys are no longer able to clean toxins and waste product from the blood and perform their functions to full capacity. This can happen suddenly or over time.
  • Symptoms of declining kidney health may include: Changes in urination, swelling of the feet, ankles, hands or face, shortness of breath, ammonia breath, back pain, itching, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting and hypoglycemic episodes. 
  • Diabetes and hypertension impact kidney health. 1 in 3 people with diabetes and 1 in 5 people with hypertension also have kidney disease.


World Kidney Day is celebrated on Thursday, March 12. On this day, Mandy Hale will be available to share tips about why kidney health matters, how people can learn their kidney function and how to manage kidney health. She can also discuss topics such as identifying symptoms, early detection, kidney health education and treatment options.


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More About Mandy Hale:

Mandy Hale joined DaVita as a patient care technician in 2001. She has worked for the company for 16 years and currently leads nursing strategy. She is an expert in process improvement and continued quality of care. Hale holds a doctorate in nursing from Bradley University and an MBA from Lewis University. She also sits on the board of directors of the Nurses & Technician Council for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.

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