Healthcare Executive Honored by the National Kidney Foundation

New York, NY (October 9, 2013) – Thomas P. McDonough, of Great Falls, Virginia received the National Kidney Foundation's (NKF) Martin Wagner Memorial Award at the recent meeting of the organization's Board of Directors. Named for one of the NKF's founders, this award is the highest honor the Foundation bestows on lay volunteers.

McDonough, former President of Coventry Health Care, served the National Kidney Foundation as a volunteer for nearly three decades, most recently as its National Chairman. McDonough's wife, Olivia, is a kidney transplant recipient.

"Tom McDonough exemplifies everything an organization could dream of in a volunteer. He served; he gave; he guided; and he recruited so many others to help further our cause," says Ed Walter, National Kidney Foundation Immediate Past Chairman.

"Tom was also one of the first to support the publication of our landmark clinical practice guidelines that helped improve care and patient outcomes for kidney transplant recipients. He contributed his time and expertise to assist the foundation in numerous areas, including finance, risk reduction and prevention initiatives, fundraising, local affiliate relations and more. The impact of his contributions to NKF will be felt for years to come and we know he is a true role model for NKF volunteers all over the U.S.," continues Walter.

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information, visit