The Ohio River Valley (IN, KY, OH) PAC Members

If you are a dialysis patient, transplant recipient, or family care partner in the Ohio River Valley region and are interested in becoming a PAC member, speak with your dialysis facility social worker or contact the Network of The Ohio River Valley. Your facility social worker can fill out a PAC Application and fax it back to the Network.

Mission of the PAC

The PAC is committed to enhancing the quality of life for End-stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients in their Network Region through education, communication, and active representation.

Who are PAC members?

A PAC member is either an ESRD patient, transplant recipient, care partner, or family member of person with kidney disease. PAC representatives act as the voice for ESRD patients and are passionate about improving the quality of life for their fellow patients. PAC members facilitate education, support communication, and are viewed as role models.

What does the PAC do?

The roles of the PAC include, but are not limited to:

    • Meet and great new patients to the facility
    • Assist in the creation of educational material for patients.
    • Participant on Network hosted conference calls, as needed
    • Review material developed by the Network to make sure it is “patient-centered”.
    • Inform their Network of patient concerns, so the Network can provide education to ALL Network providers.
    • Provide advice or patient perspectives to assist with conflict resolutions
    • To learn more about being a PAC Member please review our PAC Manual 

PAC involvement is divided into three levels based on your interest and ability:

Tier 1: PAC Members include those individuals who are interested in learning about becoming better advocates for their care. This level of involvement is ideal for those who are interested receiving updates from the Network about educational seminars and learning more about ESRD. We encourage our PAC Members to:

  • Take an active role in their healthcare team
  • Educate themselves about renal disease and their treatment options
  • Become familiar with the role of the ESRD Network
  • Share this new information with family and friends
  • Attend webinars and educational sessions held by the Network and our partner agencies

Tier 2: PAC Facility Representative (PFR) provide a link between the patients, the Network, and their facility staff promoting communication, and understanding. They will acts as an active part of the healthcare team within their facility by:

  • Encourage fellow patients to be involved in their healthcare team
  • Educate themselves about renal disease and their treatment options
  • Become familiar with the role of the ESRD Network
  • Share this new information with family and friends
  • Attend webinars and educational sessions held by the Network and our partner agencies

Tier 3: PAC Advisors support PAC Representatives in their region and are available to answer questions and give advice as needed. This level of participations in the PAC requires that the individual serve as a PAC Representative for at least one year and includes activities such as the following:

  • Participate and provide a patient perspective in the Network board meetings or other Network supported meetings
  • Act as a subject matter expert working on national Quality Improvement Projects identified by CMS
  • Advise facility representatives or other PAC Members in their role and offer support

PAC Recruitment Materials:

Brochure
Flyer

Group of Hands

To become a Ohio River Valley PAC Member, please contact:
IPRO ESRD Network of the Ohio River Valley
Network 9 (IN,KY,OH)
Andrea Bates, LSW, MSW
Patient Services Director
216-755-3055
abates@nw9.esrd.net

Laura Rodriguez-Carbone, MPA
Community Outreach
Coordinator
 216-755-3056
lrodriguez-carbone@nw9.esrd.net