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Renal dialysis facility opens in Richland Center

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RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. (WXOW) – Patients in the Richland Center area who need ongoing kidney dialysis can now receive their care closer to home.

Gundersen Health System, in partnership with The Richland Hospital, has opened a renal dialysis facility at 1313 West Seminary Street, Richland Center. “Opening this new renal dialysis facility is a great service for people in the Richland Center area who need renal dialysis,” comments Bridget Pfaff, administrative director, Gundersen Renal Dialysis. “Many of our renal patients are in poor health and have been traveling many miles three times a week to receive dialysis. The additional traveling can have a negative impact on their overall health. Offering this service closer to more will also save patients time and money.”

The six-chair, outpatient facility is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and serves 12 patients a day.

Hemodialysis is used to treat people with kidney failure. It cleans the blood and removes wastes and excess fluids from the body, usually the function of healthy kidneys. The blood is filtered through an artificial kidney or dialyzer and the clean blood is then returned to the body. Most patients receiving dialysis must come to a Dialysis Center three times a week for three to five hours each visit.

A registered nurse serves as a care manager for each patient and the care team also includes licensed practical nurses, technicians, a social worker and a registered dietitian. A Gundersen nephrologist (kidney specialist) or nurse practitioner specially trained in nephrology see patients twice a month and are on-call anytime to answer questions.

Community members are invited to attend a special open house for the new Gundersen Outpatient Dialysis Center on Thursday, May 15, from 3 to 6 p.m. The open house will be held at the center located at 1313 West Seminary Street. There will be tours, door prizes and refreshments. A short program will begin the event at 3 p.m.

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