Carol Lane, CHT

The Outstanding Technician Award


Fresenius Kidney Care

ESRD Network of New England


Carol Lane has been a Certified Hemodialysis Technician for over 30 years treating patients and training new employees. Over the years she has worked for the Concord Nephrology Group, Biomedical Applications (BMA), National Medical Care (NMC), and currently Fresenius Kidney Care.

 

During her career as a dialysis technician, Carol spent three consecutive two-year terms as a board member for ESRD Network of New England. At one of the ESRD Board meetings Carol's unit, Seacoast Dialysis, had the distinction of having the highest fistula rates in all New England during the Fistula First Initiative. Carol was asked how her clinic had accomplished this. She explained that the Seacoast Dialysis Unit had a no-nonsense medical director who pushed for patients to have a fistula placed in the latter stages of CKD in preparation for dialysis. In addition, the Seacoast area hospitals had a top-notch vascular surgeon who supported the “Fistula First Initiative” as well.

 

Carol’s entry into the world of dialysis happened quite by accident. While living in New Jersey and working for a primary care physician, her husband at the time received a job transfer to New England. Shortly after the family relocated, Carol’s father-in-law, who was on peritoneal dialysis decided to come to New England for a visit. In preparation for his visit, Carol contacted the local dialysis clinic to inquire about back up dialysis should the need arise. She spoke at length with the Clinical Manager who at the end of the conversation asked her to come in and do a job shadow, stating that she thought Carol would be a good “fit” for a technician position. And so, a dialysis career began!

 

Carol is a caring and compassionate individual who values each patient and is an integral part of the interdisciplinary dialysis team. In her role as dialysis technician, Carol has always embraced spending a significant amount of time with patients educating and explaining to them what is going on throughout their dialysis treatment. It is this quality in her that sets the stage for other technicians to aspire to.

 

Outside of work Carol enjoys spending time with her children and dogs. Other passions include Harley riding with her husband, gardening and antiquing. Carol has enjoyed a successful career in dialysis, maintaining an abundance of friendships with patients who have received transplants along with those friendships developed with her peers in the workforce.