Dialysis Patient Citizens Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

Tue Sep 2, 2008 2:30pm EDT

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Educating Americans about the Importance of Kidney Health Remains Key Element
for Organization

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC)
-- a nationwide, non-profit patient advocacy group comprised of more than
23,000 dialysis and pre-dialysis patients and family members working to
advance the quality of life of dialysis patients -- announced this month the
addition of three new board members -- Dr. Gene Copello, of Washington, D.C.;
Erich Ditschman, of East Lansing, MI; and Nancy Scott, of New Castle, DE.  All
newly appointed members come to the board with a wealth of experience in the
kidney environment where they have worked to understand the issues of
importance to dialysis patients and the difficulties patients sometimes face.

Dr. A. Gene Copello has 25 years of public health program and public policy
experience.  He is the Executive Director of The AIDS Institute, a national
nonprofit and nonpartisan public policy research, advocacy, and education
organization. The agency is affiliated with the University of South Florida
where Dr. Copello is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine,
Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine. Previously, Dr.
Copello served as Chief of HIV Services for the City of San Francisco and as
Executive Director of the San Mateo County AIDS Program in California.  He
began his career in HIV/AIDS as a faculty member at the Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine, where he also founded and directed the Vanderbilt AIDS

Erich Ditschman, of East Lansing, MI, is the former President/CEO of Clinton
River Watershed Council. Ditschman has been involved with DPC for years
through his work as a DPC Patient Ambassador. He has met with Congressional
leaders and staff in Washington, D.C. and over the past six years, has
organized a team for the Mid Michigan Walk, which has raised over $42,000 for
the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.  A home hemo dialysis patient, he
is the moderator of NxStage Users Group and was the recipient of the February
2008 DPC Hero Award, which honors an individual who goes above and beyond to
make a difference in the lives of others

Nancy Scott, of New Castle, DE, is a registered nurse, an ordained minister,
and has been an in-center hemodialysis patient since her kidney disease
diagnosis in 2004. Since then, she has been involved with DPC as a Patient
Ambassador.  She also serves as a patient representative of Advisory Board at
ESRD Network 4 and a Chairperson at Henrietta Johnson Medical Center for
Clinical Evaluation Committee. Scott has also established a support group to
encourage better communication between clinic staff and patients, and has
traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with lawmakers. Scott was the recipient
of the November 2007 DPC Hero Award.

"The addition of these board members will enhance DPC's ability to educate
Americans about the importance of kidney health. It remains important that we
educate all friends and neighbors as well as Members of Congress on the
importance of education awareness and quality dialysis care," said DPC
Executive Director Chad Lennox. "We are inspired by the continued support,
work and service to the kidney community of Dr. Gene Copello, Erich Ditschman
and Nancy Scott."

The majority of the members on the DPC Board of Directors are current dialysis
patients. Board members are chosen based on their work experience, community
service and kidney care community involvement. Board members typically have a
background in advocacy and bring with them diverse knowledge and experience
that allows the organization to move forward.

About Dialysis Patient Citizens
Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) is a nonprofit patient organization dedicated
to improving dialysis patients' quality of life by developing awareness of
dialysis issues, advocating for dialysis patients, improving the partnership
between patients and caregivers, and promoting favorable public policy. To
learn more about DPC, please visit www.dialysispatients.org. 

SOURCE  Dialysis Patient Citizens

Leigh Ann Bradley, +1-703-548-0019, for Dialysis Patient Citizens
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