Hospital opens larger dialysis center

For six days a week, 12 hours a day, since 1980 Logan Regional Hospital’s Dialysis Services Center has provided care in an area on the hospital’s third floor. Monday the hospital’s new Dialysis Center begins serving patients at a larger facility next to Logan Regional at 550 East 1400 North, medical suite K. “With the new facility we’re currently being licensed for 15 stations along with an isolation room,” said Center Manager Jim Sherner. He said there are privacy curtains and TVs at each station. The Center provides hemodialysis to both adult and pediatric patients. Most patients require dialysis treatment three to four hours a day, three days a week. “Our patients spend a lot of time here so it was important to us to make the new facility asthetically pleasing as well as functional,” said Sherner. Sherner said the number of patients using the Center fluctuates. “We are proud of the fact that a lot of our patients get kidney transplants. It is pretty normal for our patient census to range between 40 and 50 patients.” He said patients at the Center have a very high survival rate. “The patient we have that’s been on dialysis the longest is right around 20 years. It depends on how seriously you take your disease process, medications, treatment regime, diet and so on. The dialysis patient has a lot of things to think about.” Logan Regional Hospital’s Dialysis team includes a certified renal dietician and a diabetic educator. There is also a board-certified nephrologist specializing in kidney disease, registered nurses and specially trained technicians and social workers. Everyone is invited to an open house Thursday (Jan. 5), 5-7 p.m. at the new center.

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