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Issue #4 Spring 2013

How “Super” are your foods? Super foods are found in nature and contain high concentrations of essential nutrients and very few calories. This high nutrient/low calorie combination makes them a smart choice for a healthy diet.

2013 Kidney Walk Join us for the National Kidney Foundation’s 2013 Kidney Walk presented by Carolina Nephrology! Take a lifesaving step. Raise money to fight kidney disease. Sunday, April 21 at Furman University For more information, visit us on Facebook or at www.carolinanephrology.com.


How “Super” are your foods? Below are examples of super foods that are readily available in the average supermarket. Adding these to your diet will boost nutrient intake without a heavy increase in calorie consumption.

Greens: Spinach, Kale, Broccoli Green leafy vegetables such as these contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and easily digestible proteins. *If you have stage 4 or 5 kidney disease or are on dialysis, you may need to limit your intake of these foods due to high potassium and phosphorous content.

Fruits: Cherries, Blueberries, Cranberries, Oranges, Apples All of these fruits contain high concentrations of essential nutrients making them a smart snacking choice.

Proteins: Wild Salmon, Turkey, Beans While these proteins are all very different, they possess significant health benefits making them “super foods.” Wild salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, a good fat that is essential for a healthy diet. Turkey is a lean meat with a high nutrient content. Beans are a great alternative to meat because they are a low-fat source of protein with a high concentration of nutrients.

Cherry Compote This delicious and healthy recipe makes a cherry compote that can be spread over a wide variety of food, from crackers to turkey sandwiches! Ingredients: 1 pound halved and pitted fresh sweet cherries (4 cups) 1/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar Coarse salt and ground pepper Directions: 1. In a small saucepan, combine cherries, sugar, fresh rosemary and 1 tablespoon water. 2. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until cherries are tender and liquid is slightly thickened, 12 to 15 minutes. 3. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar; season lightly with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature until cool. Serve or store. Makes 1 cup.


Baptist Easley Hospital Award Four Carolina Nephrology physicians have been recognized by the Baptist Easley Hospital for exceeding the entire six core competencies required by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The Joint Commission develops its standards in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts, purchasers, and consumers. The Joint Commission’s on-site survey process is data-driven, patient-centered and focused on evaluating actual care processes. Congratulations to these Carolina Nephrology physicians who have surpassed the hospitals’ benchmarks and achieved the highest possible level of practice excellence. Carolina Nephrology thanks you for your dedicated service to our offices and your patients!

Steve Acres

Istvan Bognar

Frederick Rogoff

Blake Shusterman

New Secure Patient Portal Carolina Nephrology is happy to announce the latest addition to CarolinaNephrology.com, the Secure Patient Portal. The portal will allow patients to communicate with our office quickly, easily and conveniently. This new feature provides patients with self-service capabilities so your healthcare management is just a click away. Through the portal, patients may do the following: make online appointment requests, access online bill pay features, submit prescription refill requests and more! Setting up an account for the Secure Patient Portal is easy, quick and safe! Visit our website to get started. Carolina Nephrology is excited to give you alternate options for managing your health care.

Thank you from

Carolina Nephrology would like to congratulate Pat Barbrey on her upcoming retirement. We appreciate her 24 years of loyal service.


STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Alicia Bennett and Daniel Callahan Alicia Bennett works as a medical assistant in the Greenville office and Daniel Callahan is a phlebotomist working in the Greenville and Greer offices. Alicia enjoys brightening each patient’s day during their visit, and Daniel loves the one-on-one time he gets to spend with patients. Both staff members love being around people and cherish the friendly relationships they have formed with patients over time. In her spare time, Alicia can be found spending time with her 5-month-old daughter Makyla, and Daniel enjoys puzzles, hiking, and camping.

Alicia Bennett

Daniel Callahan

Patient Satisfaction Survey

Your opinion is important to us. Please fill out the following survey and return it to our office so that we may better serve you.

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The office was clean and comfortable during my visit. I felt safe and had privacy during my visit. I would refer a friend or relative to Carolina Nephrology.

Ease of Receiving Care My appointment was scheduled at the location most convenient to me between Greenville, Easley, Greer, Simpsonville or Laurens. My appointment was scheduled promptly and was most convenient to my schedule. My medical tests/results were scheduled and delivered efficiently and conveniently.

Registration and Wait Times The office receptionists explained my registration forms and assisted me with any questions I asked. The office waiting room time was acceptable. The exam room waiting time was acceptable.

Staff The personnel at the Reception Desk were courteous. The nurses and medical staff were courteous and respected my privacy. The doctor answered my questions and thoroughly explained what I wanted to know. My overall visit with Carolina Nephrology was a positive experience. What did you enjoy the most about your visit to Carolina Nephrology? ____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ What areas can we improve on to better serve you in the future? _________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Please list the names of any of our staff who have been especially helpful to you: ___________________________________________________ Mail to: Name: _______________________ Email: ________________________________ Carolina Nephrology Patient Satisfaction Survey (Optional) (Optional) 105 N. Spring St. Suite 111 Greenville, SC 29601


Carolina Nephrology Spring 2013 Newsletter