Symposium and Seminars


The Changing Climate of Care
2018 Dialysis Symposium

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Crowne Plaza Hotel - Madison
4402 East Washington Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53704

Meeting room full of participants at tables

The WISCONSIN DIALYSIS SYMPOSIUM is an annual, day-long continuing education program coordinated by the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin and other healthcare professionals organizations. Up to 8.00 credits of continuing education credits are available for social workers, registered nurses and dietitians. Full time students engaged in healthcare training programs are also encouraged to attend.

Reserve Your Room for the 2018 Symposium

Reserve your room NOW! for the 2018 Dialysis Symposium and get a special rate of $116 for a single/double occupancy. Call the Crowne Plaza Hotel - Madison at 1-866-424-0835 to make a reservation. Be sure to mention the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin to get the special rate.

2017 Program:

Watch for PowerPoint presentations available for downloading.
EBB #1 Pancreas Transplantation 2017: Coming of Age, Expanding Indications and Current Outcomes (Level II)
Jon Odorico, MD, Transplant Surgeon
UW Health
EBB #2 Improving Food Access for Healthier Outcomes (Level II)
Beth Neary, MD, MS Nutritional Science, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Jill Jacklitz, MSSW, Director of Education
UW-Madison Center for Patient Partnerships
PowerPoint Presentation (pdf)

EBB #3 Removing Waste and Variation from Home Hemodialysis Treatments(Level I)
Jeff Stumpe, PE, MS, Process Improvement Specialist
Quality Process Improvement Department, Froedtert Hospital

PowerPoint Presentation (pdf)

KEYNOTE: Risky Business: Health Numeracy and the Communication of Health Information (Level II)
Steve Sparks, MS, Health Literacy Director
Wisconsin Health Literacy

AM #4 Nutrition Considerations for Diabetics with Advanced Kidney Disease (Level I)
Rebecca Wallschlaeger, MS, RDN, CD, Transplant Nutritionist
UW Health Abdominal Transplant Program

PowerPoint Presentation

AM #5 When Patients Can't Make Decisions: Ethical Lessons from the Pediatric World (Level III)
Julie Raether, MSW, LICSW, Post 9/11 Transition and Care Management Care Coordinator
Minneapolis VA Health Care System

AM #6 The Evils of Access (Level I)
Allan Roza, MD, FACS
Medical College of Wisconsin


LUNCH #7 97,126 Plus One: Getting on the Kidney Transplant List (Level II)
PANEL: Joan Heimler, RN, CPTC, Moderator
Aurora-St. Luke's Medical Center

Allison Stephans, MSW, APSW, Abdominal Transplant Coordinator
Froedtert Hospital

Christine Carloni, Financial Coordinator
Aurora-St Luke's Abdominal Transplant Program

Rebecca Wallschlaeger, MS, RDN, CD, Transplant Nutritionist
UW Health Transplant Program

LUNCH #8 Time Management and the Challenge of Infection Control (Level III)
Jesus Almeida, BSN, RN, CNN, Kidney Care Manager
Aspirus Langlade Hospital

LUNCH #9 Cooking from the Food Pantry (Level II)
Chef Duane Sunwold, Instructor
Spokane Community College, Inland Northwest Culinary Academy, Spokane, WA
Contributing Chef for the National Kidney Foundation Kidney Kitchen


PM #10 Teaching Your Patients How to be Advocates for Their Lifelines (Level III)
Rod Luther, CCHT, BSE Vascular Access Coordinator
Upper Midwest Region, Fresenius Kidney Care

JeVonie Tyars, Former Hemodialysis Patient
(In-center and Home Therapies)

PowerPoint Presentation

PM #11 Using Quality Improvement to Tackle the Dialysis Unit's Most Difficult Problem: Can We Improve Albumin? (Level III)
Laura J. Maursetter, DO
UW Health

Meredith Ludwig, RD, CD, Clinical Dietitian
Divine Savior Healthcare

PM #12 Tangled Webs We Weave with Caregiver Boundaries - Solution? Q-TIP! (Level I)
Candace Williams, LCSW, FDC, CMS, Cognitive Psychotherapist


PM #13 Bring Climate Change to Your Clinic through Fun & Fun Education (Level III)
Bruce R. Bacon, Northeast Area Director of Sales
Patient Care America

PM #14 Palliative Care for Patients with ESRD (Level II)
Renee Foutz, MD, Assistant Professor of Palliative Medicine
Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin

PowerPoint Presentation (pdf)

PM #15 Certification Update* 
Katherine H. Houle, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNN-NP, Associate Executive Director
Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC)
*This workshop will not be offered for social work credits.*

CLOSING KEYNOTE: "It's an inside job today . . . and everyday" (Level III)
Jenn Fredericks, Coach, Caregiver, Consumer

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the American Nephrology Nurses Association – Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Earn up to 8.00 CEUs total, pending ASWB approval. The National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Social Workers, Provider #1014, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Social Workers maintains responsibility for the program. Licensed social workers should contact their individual jurisdiction to review current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

Registered Dietitians (RD) and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) can earn Continuing Professional Unit (CPU) hours.

Planning Committee

Jessica Zeman, MSW, NSW-C
Dialysis Social Worker
Mayo Clinic, Eau Claire

Kim Webber, BA, RN, CNN
Wisconsin Poison Center

Cindy Huber, BA
Chief Executive Officer
National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin

Melissa Fry, MWS, CAPSW, NSW-C
Dialysis Social Worker
Mile Bluff Medical Center

Deborah Bowe, RN, CNN
Quality Improvement Coordinator
Midwest Kidney Network

Allison Stephans, MSW, APSW
Abdominal Transplant Social Worker
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin
Froedtert Hospital


Meredith Ludwig, RD, CD
Clinical Dietitian
Divine Savior Healthcare, Portage

Judy Geissler, DNP, APNP, FNP-BC, CNN
Vascular Access Advanced Practice Provider
Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Pamela Thome, MSW, CAPSW
Dialysis Social Worker
Fresenius Kidney Care, Kenosha/Racine

Rod Luther, CCHT, BSE
Vascular Access Coordinator
Fresenius Kidney Care, Upper Midwest Region

Jill Hoyt, RD
Renal Dietitian
Mayo Clinic, Eau Claire

Lynn Stuker, RN
Dialysis Nurse
Clement J.Zablocki VA Medical Center

2017 Sponsors

Thank you to our community supporters!


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Morning Break:

  • Amgen
  • Froedtert Health
  • Total Water Treatment Systems
  • Wisconsin Poison Center