New York, NY (October 11, 2013) – Gregory W. Scott of Newport Beach, California, has been elected Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation, Inc. (NKF). He is currently President of Winfield Management, LLC, an investment management and real estate development company. Previously he served as Chairman and CEO of APS Healthcare, Inc. and prior to that as Executive Vice President and CFO of PacifiCare Health Systems. Scott is a living donor, having gifted a kidney to his son, Steven, who suffered from polycystic kidney disease.
"One in three Americans is at risk for developing kidney disease and yet so few are aware of it," says Scott. "During my term as Chairman, I want all Americans to understand these facts and come to the realization that it is important for everyone to protect our kidney health. Of course, this is absolutely essential for those individuals most at risk due to high blood pressure, diabetes or family history of kidney failure. Left unchecked and therefore untreated, kidney disease can lead to kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant. Early detection can prevent further kidney damage and so screening is essential. Our goal is also to generate awareness of healthy lifestyle and risk reduction strategies."
Scott plans to pursue these goals by building on established National Kidney Foundation educational efforts and advancing them. These include NKF's community health programs as well as the nationwide awareness campaign targeted at those at highest risk for developing kidney disease and the primary care providers who diagnose and treat them. "Our Primary Care Education Initiative is going to have a major impact on awareness by making sure people at risk are tested, understand the basics about kidney function and are having the conversation with their primary care physician about the risks of developing kidney disease," says Scott.
"My family has been touched by kidney disease and, the numbers suggest, there is a high likelihood that many others will be touched, also, at some point in time. I ask all Americans to join us at the National Kidney Foundation as we work to reduce the incidence of kidney disease and its impact on families across the country."
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 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 www.kidney.org.