St. Luke’s University Health Network and DaVita dialysis physicians, clinicians and staff gathered Tuesday night for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the new DaVita St. Luke’s Dialysis Center in west Allentown.
Previously at the Allentown campus of St. Luke’s University Hospital at 17th and Hamilton streets in Allentown, the new DaVita St. Luke’s Dialysis Center’s 10,000-square-foot facility now is two blocks away. The dialysis center operates through St. Luke’s joint venture with DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. – providing patients with end-stage kidney disease specialized dialysis care.
With the center’s expanded floor plan, adult hemodialysis chairs increased from four to 12.
In addition, the center offers home dialysis services for adult patients to increase access to dialysis services and provide greater flexibility to patients. The home dialysis unit offers training for adult patients who wish to dialyze at home.
The facility houses separate areas for adults with chronic kidney failure for in-center hemodialysis and an area dedicated for adult home modality education.
“Many patients are choosing home options, either peritoneal dialysis or home hemodialysis,” said Dr. Robert S. Gayner, chief of nephrology for St. Luke’s University Health Network. “Dialyzing for shorter treatment times, several times each week in the convenience of the home, allows patients to feel better and to improve control of blood pressure and many other abnormalities associated with kidney failure.”
St. Luke’s dialysis services are designed for the patient through inpatient and outpatient services, offering work-friendly scheduling, flexible treatment options and kidney disease education programs.
Services at St. Luke’s Dialysis Centers include:
• Hemodialysis: Patients use a dialysis machine that circulates and filters blood to remove waste products and excess fluid.
• Peritoneal dialysis: A dialysate solution is introduced into the abdomen to remove waste products and excess fluids.
• Pre-renal program: For patients not yet on dialysis. Patients meet with a dietitian, social worker, nurse and other staff to prepare them for dialysis.
• Epogen program: A medication used to help normalize the blood count. If prescribed, the centers will help the patient not yet on dialysis obtain insurance coverage.
• Patient support group: Those using dialysis services at the centers meet on a regular basis to discuss issues pertaining to treatment, socialize, lend support to each other and hear periodic presentations on topics such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiology.
A leading provider of dialysis services in the United States, DaVita Kidney Care treats patients with chronic kidney failure and end-stage renal disease. DaVita Kidney Care has about 2,250 outpatient dialysis centers in the nation serving about 180,000 patients.
Other Da Vita St. Luke’s Dialysis Centers are at 1425 Eighth Ave. in Bethlehem and on Park Avenue in Quakertown. The Whitehall center, to open in March, is at 1220 Third St.
St. Luke’s University Health Network has six hospitals and a seventh opening at the end of the year in Monroe County, and more than 215 sites, primarily in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties and in Warren County, N.J.