Home Dialyzors United held its first awards banquet Oct. 7 that included a surprise presentation of the HDU Lifetime Appreciation award to Christopher R. Blagg, MD, (left) for his life-long dedication to improving the lives of home dialyzors. Rich Berkowitz, founder and president of HDU said in his remarks, “Dr. Blagg is more than a nephrologist; he is the voice and conscience of home dialysis”.
"I'm particularly grateful to have received this award from a patient organization devoted to home hemodialysis," said Blagg. "To be appreciated for my lifetime's work makes it all that much more worthwhile."
Blagg presented the award named in his honor, the Christopher R. Blagg Distinguished Achievement Award, to two nephrologists for their contributions to the advancement of home dialysis: Robert S. Lockridge, Jr, MD, and Michael A. Kraus, MD.
"I was quite honored to receive the Chris Blagg distinguished achievement award presented by Home Dialyzors United," said Lockridge. "Over the last 30 plus years working with dialysis patients; this award, coming from a patient organization, is quite an honor. To have the award named after Dr. Blagg makes it an even greater honor. I appreciate this award and will continue to support patients in trying to help improve their quality of life and outcome.”
Denise Eilers, conference co-chair and board member, presented the HDU Trailblazer Award to Northwest Kidney Centers (right) on their 50th Anniversary for their leading role in the innovation and advancement of home dialysis.
Berkowitz presented the HDU Trailblazer Award to NxStage Medical Inc. (right) for their innovation and advancement of home dialysis and for developing the first commercially available portable home hemodialysis machine. Jeffrey Burbank, Founder and CEO of NxStage accepted. "Bringing solutions that improve the lives of people with renal failure is our passion," said Burbank. "Working together we will continue to push and expand the opportunity of better care for more people."