Fresenius Medical Care Sees U.S. Plans for Kidney Disease as Positive
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CLEVELAND – A new state-of-the-art dialysis center is opening soon on Cleveland’s East Side. The Ohio Renal Care Group, a joint venture partnership of Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and Fresenius Kidney Care, features the latest technology in kidney care and was built with the patients’ experience in mind. With an average of ten percent of dialysis patients’ time spent receiving treatment, personalized care that fits their individual needs is essential to ensure they can lead quality lives that are meaningful and fulfilling.
“We’re thrilled to be able to provide patients with this advanced level of care,” said Medical Director Robert Heyka, MD, chairman of the Nephrology and Hypertension department in Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute. “The new dialysis center will expand the number of patients we’re able to treat and will improve their care and comfort.”
Cleveland Clinic East will feature one of the nation’s most advanced water filtration systems for hemodialysis. Using technology that is new to the U.S., the filtration system supplies ultra-purified water to the center’s 56 hemodialysis stations and uses heat disinfection instead of chemicals, increasing efficiency and promoting patient safety.
“We’re excited to be the partner of choice for Cleveland Clinic, one of the leading health systems in the United States,” said Bill Valle, executive vice president of Fresenius Medical Care North America and president of Fresenius Kidney Care. “Their focus on quality patient care and the patient experience coupled with MetroHealth’s unwavering commitment to the community align with the high-quality, personalized care, resources and support that we are dedicated to ensuring our patients receive.”
“We’re always striving to provide easier access to quality care, and this expansion of services is doing that,” said Jeffrey Schelling, MD, director of Nephrology at MetroHealth. “In addition to proximity, the East Side location offers options to make dialysis more convenient for daily schedules and even more pleasant. We are happy to be part of this longstanding partnership that has produced an important next step in patient care.”
Throughout the dialysis center, chairs for treatment are heated, can recline and are equipped with TVs, internet access and massage features. The clinic’s expansive windows, waiting area with a fireplace and outdoor dining area were all designed to make patients feel more comfortable while they undergo treatment.
Nocturnal hemodialysis will also be offered at the new dialysis center, a first for patients on Cleveland’s East Side. Overnight dialysis, completed in seven- to eight-hour sessions instead of the usual three to five, increases the amount of waste that is removed from patients and allows them more freedom during daytime hours for work or other activities.
The new two-level, 32,575 square-foot dialysis center is located at 2429 Martin Luther King Boulevard. Patients can make appointments by calling 216-368-0004.
Fresenius Kidney Care, a division of Fresenius Medical Care North America, provides dialysis treatment and services to nearly 200,000 people with kidney disease at more than 2,200 facilities nationwide. Fresenius Kidney Care supports people by helping to address both the physical and emotional aspects of kidney disease through personalized care, education and lifestyle support services so they can lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. Fresenius Kidney Care patients have access to FMCNA’s integrated network of kidney care services ranging from cardiology and vascular care to pharmacy and lab services as well as urgent care centers and the country’s largest practice of hospitalist and post-acute providers.
As a leader in renal care technology, innovation and clinical research, FMCNA’s more than 67,000 employees are dedicated to the mission of delivering superior care that improves the quality of life for people with kidney disease. For more information about Fresenius Kidney Care, visit www.freseniuskidneycare.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/FreseniusKidneyCare and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/FreseniusKC.
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 49,000 employees are more than 3,400 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2015, there were 6.6 million outpatient visits, 164,700 hospital admissions and 208,807 surgical cases throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 180 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.
The MetroHealth System is an essential health system committed to providing health care to everyone in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and improving the health of the community overall. Its 7,300 employees deliver care to everyone at its main campus, just west of downtown Cleveland, and at more than 25 other MetroHealth locations. It also provides health care at more than 40 additional sites in Cuyahoga County through community partnerships such as the School Health program.
MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s only verified Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, and it is one of two adult and pediatric burn centers in the state of Ohio verified by the American Burn Association and the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. In the past year, MetroHealth provided more than one million patient visits in its hospital and health centers. MetroHealth also is an academic medical center committed to teaching and research; each of its active physicians holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. MetroHealth has earned Magnet status, which places it in the top 6 percent of all hospitals nationwide for nursing excellence.
MetroHealth’s mission is, “Leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery and teamwork.” For more information, visit www.metrohealth.org.
Hope Buggey, 216-213-6192
The MetroHealth System
Tina Shaerban Arundel, 216-778-5370
Fresenius Kidney Care
Kate Dobbs, 781-699-9039