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At RMA, we are committed to serving the community beyond our clinic or hospital services. We are proud of our record of involvement and efforts to give back to our community. We started two non-profit organizations to assist us in achieving these important goals.
New Mexico Kidney Foundation
We believe in patients' education and disease prevention. That’s why we supported the conception and implementation of the New Mexico Kidney Foundation. The goal of the non-profit organization is to organize providers, patients, and volunteers to increase awareness and education of renal disease in the state.
The foundation, which started as the RMA started Non Profit RMA Kidney Foundation in 2005, also sponsors philanthropic projects in patients affected with end-stage kidney disease.
Drums of Hope, Inc
Renal Medicine Associates’ Dr. Chudi Adi started Drums of Hope in 2017. The 501(c)3 charitable corporation aims to assist refugees and immigrants by providing basic needs including assistance with food, shelter, and clothing to help them become self-sufficient.
Drums of Hope facilitates delivery of healthcare to underserved populations and provides assistance with learning English. Additionally, the organization coordinates job placement and skills training to enable integration into society.
In addition to forming two non-profits to serve the needs of the community, Renal Medicine Associates has given generously to the following organizations.
RMA donation to National Kidney Foundation
Renal Medicine Associates annually supports the fundraising efforts of the National Kidney Foundation in New Mexico. Additionally, we sponsor the yearly New Mexico Kidney Walk.
RMA donation to Presbyterian Health Care Foundation
We believe in partnering with local health organizations to support programs that help patients and the community at large. To date, Renal Medicine Associates has contributed more than $250,000 to the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation. Additionally, we are the single largest contributor ($200,000) to Presbyterian Community Health.
We were awarded the 2019 Presbyterian Health Care foundation Physician philanthropic award which is awarded to physicians who have supported the mission of Presbyterian Healthcare Services through acts of service and generous financial support.
RMA continues to contribute yearly to the efforts and community projects of the Presbyterian Health Foundation.
Medical School Support
Renal Medicine Associates is a teaching organization. We are proud to have third and fourth-year Medical School students from Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine rotate at our offices.
The Burrell College students are given the opportunity to shadow in the transplant center clinic and watch procedures. Their rotations allow them to become familiar and learn about office, interventional and in hospital nephrology.
Social Support to the Community
The staff at Renal Medicine Associates are active volunteers. Their compassion extends not only to their patients but to the people in their New Mexico communities. RMA Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Liza Lucero describes her work with her church for the homeless.
“As a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in Nephrology, my efforts also extend into my community. Through my church, we regularly provide meals and collect clothes for the homeless. I feel my fellowship in the community is advantageous because of my medical background. Many homeless people have medical diseases. Our work in the community has helped provide them with resources for medical help and guided them if their desire is to get off the streets.'' - Liza Lucero
Support for Advanced Care Practitioner's School and Education
RMA Nurse practitioners (NPs) have an important role in shaping the next generation of healthcare providers. As community preceptors, they actively share their knowledge with NP students during clinical rotations. These future nurse practitioners receive training in hospitals, offices and dialysis units during their rotations.
Support for High School Students Interested in Pursuing A Career in Health Sciences
High school students in the New Mexico communities where RMA cares for patients have a special opportunity. Students who want to learn more about medicine and health sciences can shadow the doctors and advanced care providers at RMA. This gives these local students a chance to see how things work behind the scenes. It also helps them decide if they want to pursue a career in the medical field.
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