Thomas P. McDonough, of Great Falls, received the National
Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) Martin Wagner Memorial Award at the
recent meeting of the organization’s Board of Directors. Named
for one of the NKF’s founders, this award is the highest honor the
foundation bestows on lay volunteers.
McDonough, former president of Coventry Health Care, served the
National Kidney Foundation as a volunteer for nearly three decades,
most recently as its national chairman. McDonough’s wife, Olivia, is a
kidney transplant recipient.
“Tom McDonough exemplifies everything an organization could
dream of in a volunteer. He served; he gave; he guided; and he
recruited so many others to help further our cause,” says Ed Walter,
National Kidney Foundation immediate past chairman.
“Tom was also one of the first to support the publication of our
landmark clinical practice guidelines that helped improve care and
patient outcomes for kidney transplant recipients. He contributed
his time and expertise to assist the foundation in numerous
areas, including finance, risk reduction and prevention initiatives,
fundraising, local affiliate relations and more. The impact of his
contributions to NKF will be felt for years to come and we know he is
a true role model for NKF volunteers all over the U.S.,” said Walter.
The National Kidney Foundation 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.