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Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization Named 2022 North West Renal Centers Volunteer of the Year

Members of the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization

For nearly 20 years, the retired and serving nurses of the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization have served the Northwest Kidney Centers and its patients as kidney ambassadors and community health care volunteers. Because of their long-standing commitment and generous donation of time, knowledge, and skills, Northwest Kidney Centers named the organization of African-American nurses its 2,022 Volunteer of the Year.

“We are very grateful to the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization for their generosity and many contributions,” said Syrenka Slettebak, Community Programs and Health Outreach Manager for Northwest Kidney Centers. “Since 2003, they have helped raise awareness of kidney disease, provide health screenings to the public, and serve as community representatives. Their work helps us reach high-risk populations more effectively and connect those in need to important resources.

Members of the organization began their relationship with the Northwest Kidney Centers by serving on the original planning committee for the Kidney Health Fest for African American Families, which ran from 2003 to 2013. Members have also donated countless hours at Northwest Kidney Centers events and programs, from staffing community outreach activities, and providing blood pressure checks to purchasing face masks for Northwest Kidney Centers clinical staff and patients during the first few month of the COVID-19 pandemic and support of Northwest Kidney Centers special events.

Many members are also involved in their congregations’ health ministries and serve as health educators, Slettebak said.

More recently, leaders of the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization advised the Northwest Kidney Centers on expanding their recruitment efforts in minority communities.

“We are not only honored to receive this award, but we are even happier to be able to help Northwest Kidney Centers treat people with kidney disease and educate others about this serious condition, which affects so many people in our diverse communities,” said Joycelyn Thomas, president of the nurses’ organization. “As nurses, we are called to care for people throughout their lives in practice and in retirement. We are touched by the lives we touch with our community partnerships. »