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Kansas City, Mo. – Every year one in nine American adults will be diagnosed with kidney disease. Millions more are at an increased risk and don’t know it. Knowing your risk factors, along with early detection, can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.

St. Joseph Medical Center is offering free kidney health risk assessments with an educational seminar presented by Walter L. Bender, MD, with Kidney Associates of Kansas City, PC, on Monday, October 11, in the Community Center for Health and Education on the St. Joseph campus at I-435 and State Line Road. Attendees will learn about the risk factors for kidney disease and what can be done to prevent or delay this disease. The free risk assessments will be available 5-6:30 p.m., the seminar will follow from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Seating is limited for this free event; call 816-943-2584 by Wednesday, October 6, to reserve your seat.

St. Joseph Medical Center is an acute care facility of Carondelet Health ( which also includes St. Mary’s Medical Center, three long-term care facilities and home care services. Carondelet Health is dedicated to the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our commitment to human dignity compels us to provide compassionate, quality healthcare for body, mind and spirit, with a special concern for the poor. We are responsible stewards serving the needs of all people from conception to death. Carondelet Health is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.