Intermountain Health Endorses the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho Patient Care

I am writing this letter in Support of the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho.

I have worked with NKFU&I patient programs for many years as a social worker who has access to all NKFU&I patient services in Utah and Idaho. End Stage Kidney Disease is very disruptive to all aspects of a person’s life. It will destroy finances and the ability to earn a livelihood. It causes stress as people deal with financial disruptions while examining their mortality and having a changing role in their families. The National Kidney Fund of Utah and Idaho has programs that help with all these disruptions.

The NKFU helps with the medical financial emergencies that come up for kidney patients due to the financial hardships of not being physically able to work full time or having to reduce the their work hours.

Over the last year, NKFU&I has stopped a patient’s house from being foreclosed upon, kicked out of apartment, helped pay for  car repairs (so they can get to & from dialysis), they have kept the heat on in the winter, and helped solve many financial crises that my patients have experienced.

The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho helps sick people feel like people!

Their outreach programs like Youth Transplant Kamp and Family Kidney Kamp allow people with kidney disease and their families to meet with others in similar situations. They allow people to laugh and cry together and to be strengthened in their resolve to keep going. I have had patients transformed by family Kamp, they were depressed and alone and when they came back, they reengaged with their health care and worked at getting a transplant. They had a renewed strength to carry on. Family Kamp also helps the patient’s family. It gives them a chance to feel “normal’ and have fun. For many of my patients it is their only opportunity to have a chance to be away from their homes.

NKF is a vital link in helping my patients that are on dialysis.

They are extremely responsive to my patients’ needs. They have programs that help with the biggest challenges of dialysis patients. I don’t know what I would do without them. I am grateful to all who chose to donate their old car to towKars.org, support the Kidney Walk, and who make financial donations which are available to all who dialyze at Intermountain Dialysis facilities!

Matt Groen, LCSW

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