LAKA is a not for profit organization that serves Lancaster community.  Our goal is to serve our community, promote awareness, and support for those impacted by kidney disease.


Lancaster roots, building a stronger community.

Lancaster Area Kidney Association (LAKA) was founded by the patients of Lancaster General Hospital's Renal Dialysis Unit (RDU) and the unit's medical director Dr John Schubert in the early 1970s. The organization was led initially by Home Hemodialysis patients and their partners which then made up 50% of the RDU patient population and later by successful Kidney Transplant recipients. Anne Muehleisen, Eric Reinhart, George Yatzko, Sonnie Souders, and Charlie Bloom were among the initial leaders. The group had a Christmas Party (initially led by Jo Conlin) which later was called the Holiday Recognition Dinner and a Spring Picnic at Lloyd Rowland Park in Akron PA for many years. Chicken was barbecued by Leon Summers. His wife Ida, renowned for strawberry pies, was a dialysis patient for many years. She is honored by the quilt in the Health Campus Dialysis Unit waiting area - quilted by her women's group and designed by a Amish lady with a Kidney Transplant. Events were attended by extended families including RDU staff and doctors with their families. Dr Larry Carroll joined the LAKA board in 1987 and Barbara Ives did as well a few years later. In 1995, Dr Schubert retired from his medical practice but became more active (besides playing Santa at the Holiday Dinner) serving as LAKA's board president until Barbara Ives assumed the role. The holiday dinner has continued and an annual barnstormers game was started. Dr David Somerman is now acting president.