For Physicians: Referrals

Kidney Stone Institute

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Kidney Stone Institute

For Physicians: Referrals

The HealthEast Kidney Stone Institute works in collaboration with physicians referring patients to our program. We are committed to working with you to give your patients the most effective treatment options. Our goal is to ensure a seamless continuity of care for patients.

Refer a patient to the Kidney Stone Institute

Refer a patient or schedule a consultation

Call the Kidney Stone Institute Hotline at 1-888-326-3830.

We can provide you with information on scheduling an appointment with a kidney stone specialist.

To learn more about treatment options, or to speak directly to the program director, call:


Live Ureteroscopy Procedure

Andrew Portis, MD, performs ureteroscopic laser lithotripsy with active stone fragment removal.

We provide communication & feedback to referring physicians

For surgical candidates: If requested by the patient's primary physician, we can provide a thorough pre-operative screening and assessment. We have a team of hospitalists to provide pre-operative assessment. A pre-operative assessment consult is especially essential for high risk surgical candidates and out-of-state patients.

Post-operative care: At the request of the surgeon, our team of hospitalists can provide post-operative management of surgical patients.

Complete report: A complete report will be provided to the patient's primary physician to ensure on-going care continuity by the primary provider.

Timeliness of service: Patients who are seen in HealthEast EDs are scheduled same day or next business day. Patients seen in the ED will receive a next business day ED phone call from the Kidney Stone Institute RN for follow-up of care.

KSI Achieves First-in-the-Nation Certification

How this applies to kidney stone disease

  • Kidney Stone Disease has historically been a source of frustration to patients and health care providers, largely due to the episodic nature of attacks and fragmented care delivery systems without clear measures for success.
  • We have employed the core principles of The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification Program to guide restructuring the way we deliver care for the patient with stone disease.
  • Working with The Joint Commission, we created the framework for the first program to achieve Disease-Specific Care Certification for kidney stone disease.
  • Get facts about disease-specific care certification

What this means to patients

We have developed a program that has four core principles:

  • Minimize the life impact of kidney stone disease. A symptomatic stone should not cost a month (or more) of your life.
  • Stones that have a chance of passing on their own deserve a chance to do so. We provide support for patients to maximize their chances for spontaneous passage.
  • Stone clearance surgery, when necessary, should be safe, effective, efficient and provide lasting benefit.
  • Equip our patients for long-term self-management through accurate diagnosis of risk factors and appropriate education. We aspire to deliver this level of care to all patients, all the time. We are always looking for opportunities for improvement. The Joint Commission regularly audits our program to ensure we continue to adhere to our program and uphold their standards.