The Nephrology Department is supported by a master's level prepared social worker with 25 years of experience helping patients with kidney disease. The social worker will assist patients with their non-medical problems. Services includes counseling to help you and your family cope with kidney disease and the changes it may bring about in the family, home, workplace, and community. She can help you plan for treatment to fit your lifestyle and identify services provided by federal, state, and community agencies to meet your needs, including funding for dialysis and medications (no one is denied dialysis due to a lack of funding). The social worker can help you through the maze of policies, regulations, and paperwork so that you receive the maximum benefits available. Contact Gail Flannery, MSW LSW. at 717-531-5228.