Reach Kidney Care | Upstate South Carolina
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Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 864-573-8787
Fax: 864-573-8789
Email: UpstateSC@reachkidneycare.org


Care Coordination Services Provided:

  • Medication Reconciliation
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Education
  • Care Planning
  • Prescription Analysis
  • Follow-up Visits
  • Coordination of Communication

461 Langdon Street Spartanburg SC 29302

(appointments required)

REFERRAL FORM

If you have kidney disease and need advice, please have your doctor complete the referral form and fax it back to us. We would be happy to help you.

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Patient Testimonials

Mr. Nesbitt Conquers Diabetes

 

Approximately 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. Luther Nesbitt, III, is determined not to be counted in that number.

 

Seven years ago, Luther was in a hospital undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. The many tests performed for his cancer treatment also yielded information regarding his elevated blood sugar. He was referred to a family doctor to learn more about diabetes.

 

“I talked to my doctor and learned that my A1C was above normal at 6.5 and I needed to get that down,” said Luther. The normal range for an A1C nesbittreading is 5.7 or below, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Luther’s A1C numbers were ranging between 6.5 and 5.8. Luther was given the news that he was in a “pre-diabetes” state, but if not properly managed, it could become diabetes.

 

Knowing that diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease, Luther was also introduced to nephrologist Dr. McGee. Dr. McGee wanted to ensure that Luther’s kidney function was protected, so he referred Luther to REACH Kidney Care of Upstate South Carolina.

 

“I think REACH Kidney Care is a real good program,” said Luther. “If people take it seriously, it will help keep them off of dialysis.”

 

The REACH team explained to Luther that diabetes can be managed through diet and exercise. Luther already saw the value in diet and exercise and took every word to heart.

 

“I see some of my friends who have diabetes. They are still eating donuts and I tell them that it is not good for them. I ask them to go work out, and they’d rather sit and watch television. One friend with diabetes didn’t take care of himself. He’s now an amputee and he’s on dialysis,” said Luther. “I see this and it motivates me to eat right, work out and stay off dialysis.”

 

At 66 years old, Luther has enrolled at the Spartanburg Community College where he is studying to be an EMT. His retirement from the Michelin Tire Company after 32 years has only given him time to pursue more interesting activities. He’s already mastered the bass guitar and now he’s working on the lead guitar. This husband, father and grandfather won’t be found sitting around. He is determined to avoid diabetes and enjoy a full, productive life.

Ms. Bennett Sees Her Health in a Whole New Light

 

Helen Bennett had her first REACH Kidney Care appointment in July 2016.  When the REACH team in Spartanburg met Ms. Bennett, her vision was significantly diminished. She told the team that she had to use a magnifying glass to write in her journal. As her new REACH care coordinators begbennettsan discussing Helen’s kidney health with her, she became teary eyed at the thought of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) being another health obstacle she may have to face.

 

“We began to encourage and educate her with strategies to help prolong her kidney function,” said Caterrace Moore, BSN, RN, REACH Kidney Care of Spartanburg Care Coordinator. “We taught her about her diet and blood pressure and how she can monitor these on her own, in between doctor appointments. We were also able to explain to her how high blood sugar can cause significant vision problems in adulthood.”

 

Ms. Bennett quickly began to follow her new health plan. Because of REACH Kidney Care, she shared that she feels more responsible for monitoring her health. She now checks her blood pressure and blood sugar daily and is more aware of her daily diet choices.

 

“Although, I struggle with my new diet some days, it is a lifestyle change and I am already eating better now than I have in the past. I am thankful for the educators, dietitian, and employees of the REACH program because they have helped me achieve a better lifestyle,” Ms. Bennett shared.

 

Ms. Bennett is also thankful for her daughter, Jordan, who, she said, has been her rock. Jordan has helped her mother with health changes, organized her care, and transported her to many of her appointments.

 

“I do not know what I would do without her,” Ms. Bennett said.

 

“The relationship between Jordan and her mother is one of a kind,” added Caterrace. “Together, they have pulled through various trials that have strengthened their bond. Jordan is her biggest advocate.”

 

The REACH Kidney Care of Spartanburg team is pleased to report that Ms. Bennett’s blood sugar is now more controlled and her vision has improved enough to the point where she can drive again. In addition, Caterrace shared that Ms. Bennett seems happier.

 

“It has been exciting to see Ms. Bennett’s health improve over the course of her appointments,” said Caterrace. “At REACH, we get to walk alongside our patients as they navigate a new frontier. It is a privilege to be able to provide hope for people as they face kidney disease.”

 

“I am thankful I have my care coordinators at REACH so that I don’t have to go through kidney disease alone,” concluded Ms. Bennett. “And now, more than ever, I am appreciative of my health.”

Mr. Meadows Delayed Dialysis For More Than a Decade

Mr. Meadows is a pleasant, hardworking 44-year-old man who just happens to have IGA nephropathy. IGA nephropathy is a rare form of kidney disease where the kidneys become inflamed and unable to filter properly. In 2005, Mr. Meadows began to see Dr. Muhammad Ebrahim, a kidney doctor in Spartanburg. Although they were able to maintain his kidneys functioning for more than ten years, in October of 2016, Dr. Ebrahim referred Mr. Meadows to REACH Kidney Care of Spartanburg to learn more about treatment options as his kidneys began to fail.

 

meadows“REACH Kidney Care taught me four important things,” Mr. Meadows began. “The importance of maintaining my blood pressure, the value of a balanced diet, and the benefit of exercising and educating yourself about kidney disease.”

 

Over the last decade, Mr. Meadows has valued meeting people with similar kidney health issues. When he was referred to REACH Kidney Care, he said his hope that he can live well was renewed, even if he needed to go on dialysis before receiving a kidney transplant. “REACH Kidney Care has given me a new understanding of what my disease is,” Mr. Meadows shared. “Now I know what the process of signing up and receiving a transplant looks like. I don’t have to be afraid of getting blindsided by new information, I know what to expect. Really, it was the one-onone education that I needed.”

 

Mr. Meadows has been to the Charlotte Healthcare System Transplant Center several times now. The transplant team believes he is a good candidate and is very hopeful that he will receive a transplant before he needs dialysis. However, if he does need dialysis, his REACH Kidney Care team has already taught him the differences between peritoneal and hemodialysis and the value of a fistula.

 

Whether he goes on dialysis or receives a transplant, he knows his  EACH Kidney Care team is there to support him in every stage of his kidney disease journey. Mr. Meadows plans to continue working full time, and he has a supportive wife and two daughters and who he says “make life worth living to the fullest.”

MEET THE TEAM

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Patti has served patients with kidney disease since 1989. Her passion is to guide patients with compassion and educate them to make the best possible choices for their lives.

Patti Kelley

RN, CDN
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Rachel has been serving people with kidney disease since 2006. Her passion is empowering patients with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about their healthcare.

RACHEL SHERBERT

BSN, RN
Kaitlin-edited

Kaitlin has been serving people with kidney disease since 2012. Her passion is getting to know her patients, spending time with and helping to educate them on how to better their health and life.

Kaitlin Seay

RN, BSN
lois_groome

Lois has over 20 years of healthcare experience. Her goal is to teach people how to take care of their kidneys so that they can maintain or improve their current kidney function and hopefully never need dialysis.

Lois Groome

RN
Darlene-edited

Darlene has served patients with kidney disease since 1997. Her passion is to educate patients to make the best decisions for their life and healthcare.

Darlene Bailey

RN
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Karen has been serving CKD patients since 1996. She feels that care coordination is the job she was meant to do. She believes that empowering patients with education is key to their outcomes.

Karen Moore

RN
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Caterrace has been in the healthcare field for over 14 years. Her number one priority is getting patients to a better, healthier, stronger, and longer life by starting with their kidneys.

Caterrace Moore

BSN, RN
Tamekica

Tamekica has been in the healthcare field for more than 20 years. She started working for DCI in 2009. She gets a joy out of meeting and talking with old and new patients as they come to REACH.

Tamekica Lyles,

Administrative Assistant
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Pam has worked with DCI since 1986 and is a Certified Nephrology Nurse. She finds nephrology nursing to be fascinating, enjoys educating patients and presenting the positive aspects of treatment and how they affect the overall outcomes.

Pamela Sparks

RN, CNN
Katrina

Katrina has been a registered dietitian since 2014. Her passion is to educate people on how food and nutrition impacts their health. She is a firm believer in lifestyle modifications and behavior change, at any age.

Katrina Keyser,

MPH, RD, LD
Starr

Starr has been supporting patients with kidney disease since 2017. Her passion is empowering patients to make the best decision regarding their healthcare, but to also be their voice when they feel that they are voiceless.

Starr Powers,

LMSW