Staff

Alli Bailey

Data Manager

Contact Alli for...

  • EQRS technical support, concerns, or questions
  • Data reporting and submission requirements
  • New dialysis facility or transplant unit registration
  • 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program
alli.bailey@midwestkidneynetwork.org

Alli has more than twelve years of experience as a dialysis patient care technician, vascular access manager, home dialysis educator, and EQRS Lead. She has been a part of the Midwest Kidney Network Data Team since 2019, specializing in EQRS facility support and technical assistance.

Deborah Bowe, RN

Quality Improvement Coordinator

Contact Deborah for...

  • Infection control and patient safety
  • Vascular access management
  • Quality improvement strategies and methods
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Conditions for Coverage
deborah.bowe@midwestkidneynetwork.org

Deborah has forty eight years of experience working in ESRD. Her clinical expertise includes chronic outpatient dialysis, acute inpatient dialysis, home peritoneal dialysis training, vascular access, and management of an incenter hemodialysis unit for twenty five years. At Midwest Kidney Network, she has specialized in bloodstream infection & long-term catheter reduction initiatives. Deborah is currently leading our home dialysis project to increase the number of patients performing dialysis at home.

Diane Carlson

Former Executive Director

Before retiring in spring 2022, Diane had forty two years of experience with nonprofit health care agencies working to improve quality of health care and working with the End Stage Renal Disease Network Program. Her experience includes executive and strategic leadership, organizational and contract management, founding member of Superior Health Quality Alliance, quality improvement activities, and health information administration. For any questions, please contact Dee LeDuc, Executive Director at Dee.LeDuc@midwestkidneynetwork.org.

Aletha Duncan

Health Information Specialist

Contact Aletha for...

  • EQRS technical support, concerns, or questions
  • Data reporting and submission requirements
  • New dialysis facility & transplant unit registration
  • 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program
aletha.duncan@midwestkidneynetwork.org

Aletha comes to us with more than thirty years of experience in dialysis. While working with Fresenius and Abbott NW Hospital, Aletha served as an EQRS lead, patient educator, and patient care technician in both home and incenter dialysis. We look forward to her contributions and expertise on the Midwest Kidney Network Data Team.

Candace Kohls, RN

Quality Improvement Director

Contact Candace for...

  • Clinical issues
  • State surveyor information
  • Conditions for Coverage
  • Quality Incentive Program
  • Quality improvement strategies and methods
candace.kohls@midwestkidneynetwork.org

Candy has twenty years of experience working in the ESRD community. Specifically, her clinical experience includes acute dialysis, chronic incenter dialysis, vascular access, and home peritoneal dialysis. She also has experience in clinic administration for home dialysis PD & HHD. In addition to working in ESRD, Candy has worked in critical care nursing and community mental health.  

Dee LeDuc

Executive Director

Contact Dee for...

  • Agency mission, goals and objectives
  • Governance
  • Quality improvement initiatives
  • Questions about the ESRD program
  • Strategic Partnerships and collaboration
dee.leduc@midwestkidneynetwork.org

Dee has more than twenty years of experience working with non-profit healthcare organizations; previously as Data Manager at Midwest Kidney Network and most recently as Coordinator of the National Forum of ESRD Networks. She is a Registered Health Information Technician with experience in health information management and agency coordination.

Renae Nelson, LICSW

Patient Services Director

Contact Renae for...

  • Patient or facility concerns
  • Interest in Midwest Kidney Network's Consumer Committee
  • Depression Project/Resources
  • Patient Engagement/NCC LAN questions
renae.nelson@midwestkidneynetwork.org

Renae works with people with end stage renal disease (ESRD) as well as dialysis and transplant providers to improve the quality of care received by patients. She brings over thirty years of social work experience to Midwest Kidney Network. She enjoys working with both patients & providers to help them problem solve solutions to their concerns.

Claire Taylor-Schiller, RN

Quality Improvement Coordinator

Contact Claire for...

  • Infection control and patient safety
  • Vascular access management
  • Quality improvement strategies and methods
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Conditions for Coverage
claire.taylor-schiller@midwestkidneynetwork.org

Claire has almost seventeen years of experience working as a registered nurse. For over the last eleven years, her career has been focused in ESRD as the unit coordinator of an incenter hemodialysis unit. She is excited to join the team at Midwest Kidney Network, as she is passionate about quality improvement and enhancing the lives of patients beyond the bedside through working on population health.

Kristen Ward, MPH

Quality Improvement Systems Specialist

Contact Kristen for...

  • Clinical data in EQRS
  • Dialysis Facility Reports (DFRs) and Performance Score Reports (PSRs)
  • National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)
  • Data collection for quality improvement projects
kristen.ward@midwestkidneynetwork.org

Kristen has been with Midwest Kidney Network since 2007. Kristen works with the clinical data used in Network quality improvement projects such as infection control, immunizations, home dialysis and transplant. Kristen enjoys helping providers access and understand data they can use for quality improvement projects in their own organizations.