Partnership building will continue being a core function. It is broken down into four areas:
- Membership-the continued growth of membership
- Industry relations-this looks at the partners and associations that are relevant to build partnerships and connections
- Specialty facilities-looking at specialty areas like hospitals and pediatrics
- Physician relations-physicians are important as providers. this will allow providers and physicians to connect.
The Presidential Address wrapped up with two individuals receiving an award and a grant.
Larry Emerson, Lincoln Dialysis Centers, was honored with the Mark Zawiski Award for Outstanding Leadership. Emerson has touched almost every aspect of ESRD through the NRAA from home dialysis to CROWNWeb. He is a current chair of the NRAA as well as the NRAA GPO board. He has been involved with health care administration for more than 30 years.
Janine Diebel, from Munson Dialysis, was awarded the 2012 Maureen Michael Conference Scholarship. She was recognized for her contributions to the advocacy committee.
"Her nomination form praised Janine as providing an example of quality leadership at challenging times when others became discouraged," Rottura said.
NRAA plans to stay active in the upcoming changes and plans to keep all its members in the loop on the latest developments with the ESRD program and its future.