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Dialysis facility in Florence soon a reality

Posted: Friday, Mar 15th, 2013

The new dialysis clinic on Kingwood Street will serve many patients in Florence who currently have to travel at least an hour, three times a week, for treatment.

With a patient base of at least 17 local patients, the new dialysis clinic, Fresenius Medical Center Florence, is tentatively scheduled to open at the end of April, said clinic manager Trina Stalcup on Wednesday. The business is in Pacific View Business Park, north of Florence Dental Clinic on Kingwood Street.

The local service is a welcome change for patients with kidney failure who must travel at least an hour, three times a week, for dialysis at clinics in Springfield, Eugene, Newport or Coos Bay, which are all affiliated with Fresenius Medical Care, the same company managing the Florence operation.

“We also expect to see quite a few visitors,” said Stalcup, adding that people traveling from all over the United States call ahead to arrange for dialysis. The Newport facility at times has had difficulty accommodating the large patient load.

Stalcup, who has been managing the Coos Bay clinic, said the transition should be easy for Florence-area patients, because of the convenient location, bright new facility and familiar staff. Their patient records are already part of the system because they have been receiving services from other Fresenius operations.

Employees will include Stalcup, who also serves as nurse; two hemodialysis technicians; a peritoneal dialysis technician; a dietitian; a social worker and a biomedical technician.

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