More About Lenora
This week we spotlight Lenora Price, dialysis technician at CDC Beachwood. Lenora began her career at Centers for Dialysis Care in February of 1990 after a referral from a friend. She had been working in the chemistry lab at University Hospitals when she sought a change and more steady hours. At the time, there were only two CDC facilities, Mentor and East. After spending seven years at CDC East, she devoted a similar length of time at CDC Euclid followed by Cityview (Eliza Bryant) before finding her home at Beachwood, where she has been since its early days.
Looking back, Lenora is amazed by the growth of CDC as well as the expansion of the dialysis field. She recalls working closely with coworkers Linda Kabasan, Edyie Washington, Joanne Hall, Kelly Franchuk and Neletha Groce, all technicians who have over 150 years of combined tenure at CDC. She continues to stay in contact with these friends, even though they have spread out to different units over time. Lenora believes that new employees who develop close relationships with coworkers they can share experiences with are most successful, as there is nobody else who understands the highs and lows of dialysis other than those who also work in the field.
Lenora recalls her early experiences at CDC East as joyous, and this is what has contributed to her longevity. “It was a pleasure to come to work. Holiday parties and Diane Wish’s cheesecake are fond memories, but the greatest joy was trying to make it fun for patients.” Making patients laugh and want to come to treatment gives Lenora great satisfaction to this day.
She sees her key responsibility as helping and educating patients to understand dialysis and the idea of a second chance while living with kidney disease. She says she “gives thanks to God” for the patients whose lives she has touched. She strives to treat patients as she would want her own family treated. While she is able to educate patients once they are on dialysis, she also notes that many patients prior to dialysis do not receive the education needed to keep them from end stage renal disease. Ideally, she would like to be involved in helping patients to understand renal disease before they need dialysis. So many patients have said, “I just didn’t know…I just didn’t understand.”
On a personal note, Lenora enjoys vacationing and spending quality time with her family. She has two children; one is a junior in college and the other is a senior in high school. Once the pandemic is behind us, a dream vacation to the tropics is certainly on her mind.
We thank Lenora for more than 30 years of service to CDC.