What Have Your Kidneys Done For You Today? Topic of Free Lecture on Aug. 27

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Aug. 21, 2009 –Your kidneys are a pair of vital organs that perform many functions to keep your blood clean and chemically balanced. Understanding how the kidneys work can help keep you healthy.

According to the National Kidney Foundation®, more than 26 million Americans—one in nine adults—have kidney disease. Millions more have an increased risk for getting it, and most do not know it. If found and treated early, kidney disease can be prevented and not lead to more serious kidney disease and other complications. That is why Southeast Georgia Health System is sponsoring the lecture, “What Have Your Kidneys Done For You Today.” This presentation, part of the Health System’s ongoing series of free community lectures, is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Linda S. Pinson Conference Center on the Brunswick Campus, 2415 Parkwood Drive.

The speaker for this event is nephrologist Colette Lee-Lewis, MD. Lee-Lewis, who is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, earned her undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and her medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a nephrology fellowship at the University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center. “I will discuss the basic functions of the kidneys, how and why kidneys can fail, which tests can detect kidney problems, and treatment options,” Lee-Lewis says. “I will also answer questions from the audience.”

The next seminar in the series is “Osteoporosis,” which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. in the Linda S. Pinson Conference Center on the Brunswick Campus.

To reserve a seat for either lecture or any other lectures in the series, please call 1-800-537-5142, ext. 5160 or register online at www.sghs.com and click on the Calendar of Events.