Kidney Solutions

aka Kidney Solutions   |   Kerrville, TX   |  http://kidneysolutions.org/
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Kidney Solutions

EIN: 82-4801678


Mission

The Mission of Kidney Solutions is to increase organ donation and transplantation as well as provide assistance to patients, donors and their families as they go through the transplant process.

Ruling year info

2018

Patient Advocate / Vice President

Kent Bressler

Main address

PO Box 294722

Kerrville, TX 78029 USA

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EIN

82-4801678

Subject area info

Medical support services

Population served info

Adults

Families

Caregivers

People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms

Show Forms 990

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many esrd (End Stage Renal Disease) patients and dialysis patients find it difficult to seek a living kidney donor. Living with kidney disease is exhausting, painful, and there is no cure. Having to ask someone for a kidney can seem impossible for many patients. And so our goal is to help kidney patients who are on the transplant list find their living kidney donor. To provide support and encouragement, pre-transplant, the day of transplant, and post-transplant.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Transplant Support Group Kerrville, TX

Provides a meeting opportunity for individual transplant recipients and families to gather and discuss any issues they may have. To assist them in activities of daily living that can include diet, exercise, medications and maintaining contact with the medical team. It also allows for them to vent about personal issues that may need professional help.

Population(s) Served
Families
Caregivers

Initial Patient Engagement : Intake of patients that are seeking living donors for kidney transplant. Initial contact involves meeting with potential recipients and family and outlining what Kidney Solutions can provide.

On Site Meet-Up: Photographer and patient (with family if available) will meet for a professional photo shoot and video for approximately 1 hour. Images and video will then be shared via social media.
Fliers, business cards and other materials will be produced from photo shoot.

Transplant Day: If desired by the patient, Kidney solutions will accompany the families of the recipient and donor to the hospital on transplant day to provide support and document the event.

Post Transplant: Kidney Solutions will provide follow up support for recipient, family and donor. Follow up phone calls, review of transplant team instructions and availability if problems arise.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of successful transplant patients served.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Health

Related Program

Kidney Transplant Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Of these 28 patients 13 received kidneys before going on dialysis.

Number of chronically ill patients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In this case contacts are defined as direct contact from patient or families, physician referrals.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Kidney Solutions: A Network of Transplant Experience prides itself on being available 24/7 for the kidney community. We strive to assist our friends with kidney disease in their journey to find a living kidney donor. We are available to assist on the day of surgery with Zoom conferencing with the recipient/donor and their families. After transplant we are ready to support both recipients and donors through the recovery process and to work with them and their transplant team to maximize their new transplant experience. Our emphasis is on mentoring by providing education and experience in order to increase awareness and longevity. Kidney Solutions will continue to provide all services free and no one will be charge any fees for our services.

KS uses a Registered Nurse to assess and follow up on the needs of all of those under their care. Routine contact with the caseload is maintained on a predetermined time scale with each individual and their families. Initial intakes are completed and a plan of care is developed. Everyone is introduced to our social media platforms that are maintained all by volunteer support. Photos, videos, personal fliers and podcast interviews are utilized to
spread the word that the individual is seeking a living donor. Cell phone, texting and email service is open to communication 24/7.

Kidney Solutions utilizes the services of five volunteers with various experience in video and graphic design and implementation. All the volunteers can create flyers, business, cards, and car decals for the patients and the president of the Board of Directors is a professional graphics art designer with his own business. Most of the volunteers are kidney transplant recipients as is the Vice President who is an RN with over 40 years of experience.

KS has initiated a change in focus over the past year. Major emphasis is now placed on working directly with Nephrologists to identify and engage patients in seeking preemptive transplant in hopes of the need for going on dialysis. Over the past two and half years KS has shepherded 28 people to transplant and of those 11 were preemptive and never saw dialysis. KS never turns anyone away, when diagnosed early they are followed and encouraged to get a preemptive transplant. If they are on dialysis we will gladly and proudly work with them to seek a donor for transplant.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Assets info

BMF Data: IRS Business Master File

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Kidney Solutions

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2021

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $12,805
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $12,825
Expenses
Program Services $10,395
Administration $0
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $10,395

Kidney Solutions

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2021

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $12,561
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $14,991

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Patient Advocate / Vice President

Kent Bressler

Kent is an experienced RN and is a kidney recipient - receiving a kidney from his brother, Kip, in 1987 at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Kent has been a living donor advocate for patients for two decades. His goal is to be with you from your first contact with Kidney Solutions until you have received your transplant - and then follow and assist you on your journey after transplantation.

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Kidney Solutions

Board of directors
as of 07/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

James Craft

Gary Norgon Ph D.

Gerard Chica Ph D.

Jo Carol Smith

New Horizons Hospice

Manuel Benavidez

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/4/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data