Tracy Fisher, director of operations at Fresenius Medical Care, said they served their first patient on Aug. 23, and that they have had about 15 people looking at making this their regular dialysis clinic. She added that the clinic has six full-time employees.
Dr. Shaukat Ali, MD, is the medical director at Fresenius Medical Care, and he said the clinic does many things to make the patients comfortable while the dialysis is taking place,
including comfortable chairs and a monitor they can use to play games, watch television or listen to satellite radio or surf the Internet.
“This was planned several years ago, and finally we are ready,” Ali said.
Fisher said it’s important to keep them comfortable since the dialysis process can take anywhere from 3 – 4 hours, depending on the patient.
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 Anna Hedgepath, clinical manager of the facility.
At the groundbreaking last November, Michael Tennant, development manager for Tri-South Contractors, 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 said.