When the center is fully up and running, the facility has the capacity to treat 90 patients a week running on a 15 patients per shift, three shifts a day, six days a week schedule.
Facility administrator Whitney Evans Ward said Aug. 18 that she thinks the center should be up and running soon. “We are initially gearing up,” Ward said. “We’ll have an initial state survey, and then we’ll run a few patients for about a month, and then we’ll be surveyed again. Once the state gives us the green light, we can operate.”
Dialysis treatment is required on a regular basis by people with chronic kidney disease. The treatment takes from 3 1/2 to 4 hours, and Ward added local residents would save plenty of travel time by staying in Patterson for treatment.
The 8,193-square-foot center is owned by U.S. Renal Care, a dialysis and corporate-based company that has more than 200 facilities nationwide and in Guam. Modesto Kidney Group owns and operates two dialysis centers in the area, Modesto Kidney Center and Parkway Center and Oakdale Kidney Center, all part of U.S. Renal Care.
More than 20 million U.S. adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease and many are undiagnosed. Kidney disease is often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure.
Meanwhile, in recent years, more medical offices have located in the Keystone Pacific Business Park in west Patterson, and the Patterson Dialysis Center is the latest addition.
The Patterson Dialysis center joins several health care facilities in the 1700 building, including the Del Puerto Health Center right next door in Unit B. Del. Run by the Del Puerto Health Care District and Patterson District Ambulance Co., the center moved from downtown to the business park in March 2012. Other businesses are West Orthodontics, that moved from its El Circulo location, and Golden Bear Physical Therapy. Besides physical therapy, Golden Bear specializes in orthopedics, neurological, musculoskeletal and sports injury patients.
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