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Congratulations, Kathy Harvey!


Each year, National Kidney Foundation Council bestows the Susan C. Knapp Excellence in Education Award to one renal dietitian in the country.

Puget Sound Kidney Centers is proud to announce that our Director of Renal Nutritional Services, Kathy Schiro Harvey, has received this distinction for 2018!

Kathy is an expert in nutrition education, having a Master’s in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Washington (UW). For the past 37 years, Kathy has been a renal dietitian and nutritionist, specializing in chronic kidney disease (CKD) education and dialysis.

Kathy accepting her award from the National Kidney Foundation Council on April 11, 2018.

Always looking for new ways to help improve the quality of care for people with CKD, Kathy is active in the CKD community. Her involvement includes working with organizations like the National Kidney Foundation, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Washington State Council on Renal Nutrition.

Kathy is a frequent lecturer on renal nutrition and is a dietitian preceptor at local and out-of-state universities, including UW, Washington State University (WSU), Central Washington University (CWU), Bastyr University, University of Northern Colorado (UNC), University of Houston (UH) and Iowa State University (ISU). Moreover, Kathy has contributed to the production of numerous renal nutrition publications, including textbooks, peer reviews and professional manuals as an author, coauthor and editor.

Congratulations to Kathy for her dedication and hard work! She is an important and valuable member of our team, and we are honored to serve with her.

Survive and thrive with Tena!

Happy World Kidney Day! Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, have been on dialysis for some time or are waiting for a transplant, there are a number of ways to prolong the life of your kidneys and improve your overall health.

Two years ago, Tena saw a brochure at her nephrologist’s office for PSKC’s Survive and Thrive with Chronic Kidney Disease program, a free community class hosted by PSKC year round. The goal of the program is to teach people with early kidney problems about making successful lifestyle changes. Subjects covered include healthy eating, exercise, blood pressure management, coping with kidney disease and treatment options. In class, participants meet with a doctor, physician assistant, social worker, dietitians and patient mentors.

Tena H. learned more about dialysis through our Survive and Thrive program.

Tena was newly diagnosed with stage three CKD and had a lot of questions and concerns about living a healthy, happy life. After attending the first class, Tena started to feel that “this disease is not a death sentence and there’s a lot of hope.” Specifically, Tena found hope and support hearing from members of the patient organization, The Road Back to Life. “They really make you listen and know you’re not alone.”

After completing the classes, Tena said she learned many new skills to promote her health or, as she calls it, develop a “new normal.” She learned that the nutrition piece and social work piece are just as important as the nephrology visits. She also learned how to appropriately read food labels, cook with different herbs and spices, and plan ahead to carry out a fulfilled life. Tena’s support network expanded as well. She said she walked away from the class feeling that “when you share, you can connect.”

Now Tena is taking what she learned in class and bringing it to her community. Most recently she connected with PSKC social workers to talk with her peers about advance care planning. Thank you, Tena, for sharing your story and helping us ignite new conversations about health and wellness!

Learn more about our free classes at www.pskc.net/classes.

Lance and Marni: a caregiving story

Lance and Marni met 45 years ago in New Mexico, raised two daughters and have lived in Arlington for the past 20 years. About three years ago, they received some unexpected news. Marni was told that her kidneys were failing and she should prepare for dialysis. Just six months later, they found themselves checking in for dialysis treatment at PSKC Smokey Point.

Marni, on dialysis at PSKC Smokey Point, with husband Lance.

Lance, retired, studied the dialysis process. Since day one, he has documented every one of Marni’s treatments — her blood pressures, medications taken, blood sugar readings and more. Mostly, Lance looks for trends so they can catch it if something is amiss. He is happy to be Marni’s “medical advocate” and so much more by doing all the cooking, cleaning and housework as well.

Marni stays busy outside of dialysis, teaching tole painting classes out of their home every Thursday night. Supplies, including wood characters that Lance builds, are included in the cost of the class.

There are many ways to adjust to dialysis, and together Marni and Lance have figured out a way that works best for them. By writing it all down, Lance provides helpful information to get the best care for Marni and engages himself in a positive way. Marni continues to spread her passion for art even while tackling dialysis and other health challenges. A strong and solid pair, Lance and Marni are an inspiration to all.