College Receives Award from National Kidney Foundation

Published on 25 June 2018

On May 16, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) recognized St. Louis College of Pharmacy with its 2018 Partner of Distinction Award.

Each year, the award is presented to one partner organization that works to help the NKF further its mission of preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease, and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.

“NKF does tremendous work in the St. Louis area to spread awareness and enhance care to patients with, or at-risk for, kidney disease,” stated Andrew Crannage, Pharm.D. ’08, associate professor of pharmacy practice and member of the Medical Advisory Board of NKF. “The effort and dedication of volunteers are essential to the organization’s success.”

Volunteers from the College have partnered with NKF for several years. In 2017, representatives from the College volunteered at various events, including “KEEP Healthy” kidney screenings, a community-based educational initiative that seeks to raise awareness and reduce risk. During these events, volunteers conducted body mass index and blood pressure screenings, educated participants on kidney health, and performed Albumin Creatinine Ratio urine tests to estimate the amount of albumin protein in one’s urine, which can be an early indicator kidney disease.

“The work that the College does with NKF is a great example of the commitment and partnership the two have for advancing patient care in St. Louis,” remarked Crannage. “This award recognizes those contributions and is a great honor for the College.”

P4 student Brenda Kim accepted the award on behalf of the College during NKF’s recent appreciation event, which was held to thank those involved with the foundation over the past year.

“The College was chosen for this award in recognition of its continued passion for our mission and the marvelous efforts of students and faculty in volunteering over 350 hours to various events throughout the year,” explained Suzanne McComb, program manager at NKF. “As an organization with a very small staff, we rely on volunteers to help make our events and programs run smoothly. Our work would not be possible without volunteer efforts from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. We look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come.”