Dialysis clinic might open next week
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Aug 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The new Fresenius dialysis clinic located near the Pennyrile Electric office and Integra Bank could open as early as Monday.

That is what Anna Hedgebeth, clinical manager of the facility, said late Monday morning. The facility will have 12 chairs and will run 6 days a week, and when it opens Hedgebeth and another staff member will be the only ones working there, she went on to say, adding that she has 18 years of experience while the other staff member has more than 8 years of experience.

“We could have a capacity of well over 36 people daily if necessary,” Hedgebeth said.

Tracy Fisher, director of operations for Fresenius, said the facility, will be a kidney dialysis clinic that will start out with limited staff and limited hours three days a week, although both will eventually expanded if possible.

When someone’s kidneys no longer function properly, toxins can build up in the blood, and they will generally have to spend 3 – 5 hours a day and maybe 3 days a week at a dialysis clinic, said Hedgebeth.

Michael Tennant is the development manager for Tri-South Contractors, the group in charge of construction, and he said at the ceremony that the new facility could easily create 15 – 20 jobs in the area.

At the groundbreaking last November, Tennant said the medical facility will be a one-story, 5,712-square foot building, and added that Tri-South Contractors has been in business 30 years, during which time it was constructed 18 facilities for Fresenius.

Tennant also said that Fresenius is the world’s largest provider of kidney dialysis services and is a publicly traded company. The medical director for the facility is the Western Kentucky Kidney Specialists of Paducah, he went on to say.

At the groundbreaking last fall, Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey said he was excited at the prospect of another business that will bring jobs to the county, mentioning other businesses that are coming to Cadiz and new buildings that are being built.

“We’re very proud of our community, we take a lot of pride in it,” said Bailey.
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