Ms. Katie Martin, Executive Director
P.O. Box 22072
Knoxville, TN 37933
Dianne Hagey Dialysis Transportation Program
Most people have two functioning kidneys; if a person loses 85-90% function of their kidney(s) a nephrologist (doctor specializing in kidneys) will prescribe a dialysis treatment plan which must be adhered to if the person wants to continue living. Patients with very low incomes struggle with getting to all prescribed dialysis treatments as the transportation costs quickly add up; many people skip treatments simply because they cannot afford to go. The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation’s Dianne Hagey Dialysis Transportation Program (ETKF-DHDTP) removes the barrier of high transportation costs which prevents low-income dialysis patients from accessing their medically prescribed, and life sustaining, dialysis treatments.
“We help with life-saving dialysis transportation so that people can make it to their treatments three times a week… until they get a transplant”
Katie Martin, Executive Director