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About the Heartland Kidney Network

About the Heartland Kidney Network

What We Are

Heartland Kidney Network is a non-profit corporation under contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to oversee the End Stage Renal Disease Program in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa. There are 17 other Networks with the same purpose across the United States. We are incorporated under the name "End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) #12 Network Coordinating Council, Inc." doing business as "Heartland Kidney Network".

Who We Are

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Katrina M. Dinkel, MA
Executive Director


Areas of responsibility:
Financial Management, CMS/Government Liaison, Renal Community Liaison, Personnel & HR Management, Annual Meeting & Education Facilitator, Board Liaison.


Debbie Ulm
Associate Director


Areas of responsibility:
General office inquiries, Mail and Facsimile communications, Accounting Contact and Coordination, Patient Meetings, Heartland Kidney Conference


Jeff Arnall, PMP
Director of Projects


Areas of responsibility:
Contract Project Management, Computer Administration, Web Master, Data Requests,  Annual Report tables, Systems & Data Integrity.


DeeDee Velasquez-Peralta, LMSW
Patient Services Manager


Areas of responsibility:
Emergency Preparedness, Patient Complaints & Grievances, Community Information & Resource Management, Patient & Facility Information,  Education & Technical Assistance.


Sharlyn Bogner, MSN, RN, CNN, CCTC
Quality Improvement Director


Areas of responsibility:
Quality Improvement Projects, Technical Assistance to facilities


Sandy Cannon
Administrative Assistant


Areas of responsibility:
Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director and Associate Director, reception, assitance in staff projects.


Ellie Vail, MPH


Areas of responsibility:
Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) contact, Patient LAN (Learning and Action Network) coordinator, NPR (Network Patient Representative) coordinator, 5-Diamond, Community Information & Resource. 

Bea Wachira, RN
Quality Improvement Nurse Specialist


Areas of responsibility:
Clinical Specialist, QAPI, Conditions for Coverage information, Cannulation Techniques, Cannulation Kit Administration, Facility Concerns.

Heartland Kidney Network

For a listing of staff and direct contact numbers, see the About Us tab

Main phone: (816) 880-9990
Patient toll free: (800) 444-9965
Main fax: (816) 880-9088
Data fax: (816) 880-1775

7306 NW Tiffany Springs Pky.
Suite 230
Kansas City, MO 64153