VA Dialysis Center Wins Quality Award
Published May 2009
The Cincinnati Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center’s dialysis facility has received the 2009 Dr. Richard Breitenfield Quality Award in vascular access management promoting arterio-venous fistulae (AVF).
The award, established by the ESRD (End-Stage Renal Disease) Network, promotes quality initiatives in the area of increasing AVF use in the hemodialysis patient population. Within the ESRD Network (dialysis facilities in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois), the Cincinnati VA dialysis facility received the “Gold Award: Prevalent AVF > 66 Percent” for exceeding the national goals.
The national average for prevalent AVF rate is 51.8 percent as of January 2009.
The award was presented at the March 2009 ESRD Network meeting, held in Indianapolis.
The dialysis facility is directed by Charuhas Thakar, MD, associate professor of medicine at UC and chief of the nephrology section at the Cincinnati VA. For more information, contact Thakar at firstname.lastname@example.org..