Nephrologist Dr. Richard Gibney
Empowered Kidney Care (EKC) Founder Dr. Richard Gibney has been in the kidney care industry for over four decades, and in 2016 he won The American Association of Kidney Patients Medal of Excellence Award.
For most of his career, Dr. Gibney simply didn’t know that there were alternatives to the status quo. His dialysis units were all better than average, but he began to wonder… what if good enough simply isn’t good enough? He genuinely cared about all of his patients and staff, and he realized that the system was letting them all down.
Dr. Richard Gibney has been in the kidney care industry for over four decades. Like many nephrologists (kidney specialists) he simply didn’t know that there were alternatives to the status quo. In 2006, a partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) inspired him to innovate. Years later, his eyes were further opened by a visit from two healthcare professionals from an acclaimed dialysis program in Jonkoping, Sweden.
Over a four-year period, Dr. Gibney led the successful transformation of 11 dialysis units in central Texas to an empowered in-center self-care dialysis model, serving over 500 patients. Staff and patients were extremely satisfied, and mortality and hospitalizations were cut in half.
Today, Dr. Gibney and his specialized team of doctors, nurses, and technicians have shifted their focus "upstream" to successfully preserve kidney function for patients with CKD.
Learn more about Dr. Gibney at Empowered Kidney Care