Honored by the National Kidney Foundation

Honored by the National Kidney Foundation

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.