Did You Know?
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Wisconsin
In 2016 . . .
3,285 residents were newly diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease
6,416 total dialysis patients
The top causes of kidney failure:
Diabetes: 2,731 patients
Hypertension: 1,504 patients
1,796 Wisconsin patients are on the national transplant list
454 transplants were completed in Wisconsin
Obtain a Free Kidney Health Information Kit
To learn more about kidneys, diabetes and blood pressure, request your free Kidney Health Kit.
Email: email@example.com or call: 414-897-8669 (800-543-6393 toll-free)
General Resources for Kidney Disease
National Kidney Disease Education Program
3 Kidney Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892
Toll free: 1-866-4-KIDNEY (1-866-454-3639)
Fax: (301) 402-8182
If you would like more information about specific types of kidney disease, visit the National Clearinghouse on Kidney and Urologic Disease.
Educational Programs in Wisconsin
"LIVING WELL Before or After a Transplant"
These free educational programs feature health and lifestyle topics that are of interest to any organ transplant recipient
All programs are free! Programs are held in various locations in Wisconsin. Come early to network with other heart, lung, liver, pancreas and kidney transplant recipients.
Each program is also available LIVE ONLINE.
Registration for any of the programs is easy. Call 414-897-8669 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Make sure you receive all program notices by completing our contact form.
Have you thought about saving the life of a family member or maybe even a stranger? Currently 2,115 men and women are on the waiting list in Wisconsin. The NKFW offers FREE community educational programs where you can learn how living donation could help save a life today.
Click here for upcoming program information.
Wisconsin Dialysis Unit and Transplant Center Information
The Midwest Kidney Network is an organization established by the Federal government to improve the quality of dialysis and kidney transplant services for people with end–stage renal disease (ESRD).
Visit the Midwest Kidney Network's website if you want to:
- find a dialysis unit in Wisconsin
- review statistics about transplantation, dialysis or end-stage kidney disease in Wisconsin
- talk to a patient advocate about care or policies at a Wisconsin dialysis unit
Midwest Kidney Network
1360 Energy Park Drive, Suite 200
Saint Paul, MN 55108
(800) 973-3773 For Patients/Caregivers
Solid Organ Transplant Centers in Wisconsin
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792
To Make a Referral
Kidney, Pancreas, Liver, Intestine: 608-263-9531
Amy E Thomas, CISW (pre-kidney): 608-261-1281
Erin Mathias, APSW (pancreas &
all pediatric transplant patients):
Cindy Wallace, LCSW (liver)
Living Donor Coordinator:
Cathy Werwinski, RN, BSN, MSM, CCTC: 608-261-0516
Living Donor Social Worker:
Megan Spina, LCSW: 608-720-2501
at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin
Specialty Clinics Bldg
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Transplant Clinic 414-805-3100
Nancy Gaska: 414-805-0722
Lynne Heinz: 414-805-9848
Margo Perkins: 414-955-0724
Transplant Social Workers:
Ginny Korkko, MSW: 414-805-2839
Kelly Phoungphol, MSW, CAPSW: 414-805-2917
Allison Stephans, MSW, CAPSW: 414-805-3364
Pamela Klossowski, RD: 414-805-2392
Susan Batchelder: 414-805-2392
Living Donor Kidney Program:
Elizabeth Lee, RN, BSN: 414-805-0488
Stacy Didier, RN, BSN: 414-805-0418
AURORA ST. LUKE’S MEDICAL CENTER
2900 W. Oklahoma Ave, 5th Floor Galleria
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Transplant Social Worker
Jessica Berger-Martinez, APSW: 414-646-0597
Medical Social Worker, Abdominal Transplant Services
Living Donor Coordinator
Jeff Klister, RN: 414-646-0584
Organ Donation Resources
Becoming an Organ, Tissue or Eye Donor in Wisconsin
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government.
UNOS is involved in many aspects of the organ transplant and donation process:
- Manages the national transplant waiting list, matching donors to recipients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Maintains the database that contains all organ transplant data for every transplant event that occurs in the U.S.
- Develops policies that make the best use of the limited supply of organs and give all patients a fair chance at receiving the organ they need, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, religion, lifestyle or financial/social status.
- Monitors every organ match to ensure organ allocation policies are followed.
- Educates the public about the importance of organ donation.
Wisconsin Chronic Disease Program (WCDP)
The Wisconsin Chronic Disease Program (WCDP) offers Wisconsin dialysis patients and kidney transplant recipients a safety net of coverage for medications and other kidney-related treatments.
Dialysis or transplant social workers at any of Wisconsin’s units or transplant facilities can assist patients/recipients.
If you need immediate assistance, please call Provider Services at 1-800-947-9627 (enrollment/eligibility questions) or Member Services at 1-800-362-3002 (claims or reimbursement questions).
Are you a Medicare beneficiary? Thinking about long-term care costs? Looking for objective information about your insurance options? This statewide toll-free helpline, operated by the Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care, can help you make informed insurance decisions.
To file a complaint about a specific insurance company or agency, contact the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance at 1-800-236-8517.
For hands-on assistance with Medicare enrollment, benefit applications or appeals, contact your local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) or Aging Unit to speak with a benefit specialist.