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Kansas City, Mo. – Families pass on many traditions through the years, but kidney and heart disease shouldn’t be one of them. When a family member suffers from kidney or heart disease, other family members may be at an increased risk for developing the diseases, too.

St. Joseph Medical Center invites the community to attend a free seminar on steps people can take to prevent these diseases on Wednesday, January 26, at the Benson Convention Center, Cummings Room, 1008 E Sedalia Avenue, Clinton, MO 64735.

Free kidney health risks will be provided during the seminar. Free kidney health risk assessments will begin at 5 p.m., followed by presentations from Walter L. Bender, MD, and Eric S. Hockstad, MD, FACC, at 5:30 p.m. Additional kidney health risk assessments will be available after the presentations at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Bender earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology and his medical degree at The Johns Hopkins University. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship in nephrology at The Johns Hopkins University as well.

Dr. Hockstad completed his undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Michigan. His post-graduate education was completed at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinic. He is a founding member of the Kansas City Heart Foundation, and today remains involved as president of the organization’s executive committee.

Seating is limited for this free event; call 816-943-2584 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.