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Patients suffering from kidney failure must undergo regular dialysis treatments, a lifesaving procedure that cleanses the blood. Patients undergoing hemodialysis must come to the hospital three times per week to receive a treatment that usually requires four hours.
The Division of Nephrology currently operates a Hemodialysis Unit in Pavilion G with 18 dialysis stations and a Satellite Unit in Pavilion H with 19 stations, both of which are running at full capacity.
With the aging of the population and the rise in life expectancy resulting from medical advances, more and more people are suffering from kidney failure. The number of renal transplants per year, the only alternative treatment to dialysis for renal failure, plateaued years ago and is woefully inadequate to meet current demands . Moreover, dialysis patients include a large number of frail, elderly patients who, due to their advanced age and/or other health problems, are not suitable candidates for transplantation. As a result, the demand for the Division's current dialysis facilities is growing at an alarming rate of 7% per year and now stands at the limit of what the present infrastructure can handle . Relocating, consolidating, and expanding the Division of Nephrology's facilities is therefore critical to ensure the provision of life-saving dialysis treatments to the growing number of patients who need it.
The relocation and consolidation of the Division's two Hemodialysis Units in a single, larger area will streamline services and allow for the addition of 9 dialysis stations, bringing the total number of dialysis stations to 46 and allowing the Division to accommodate up to 54 more patients .
The Division of Nephrology
|# of outpatients seen annually||6,439|
|# of hemodialysis patients||220|
|# of peritoneal dialysis patients||45|
|# of hemodialysis treatments||31,597|
|# of peritoneal dialysis treatments||65,700|
State-of-the art Hemodialysis Unit, with an exclusive parking area for dialysis patients
Addition of 9 dialisys stations, allowing the Division of Nephrology to accomodate up to 54 more patients
Consolidation of all hemodialysis services in a single, larger location, resulting in streamlined services while facilitating care and making life much easier on patients and staff