Kidney care clinic opens in Northridge Plaza


BUCKHANNON — One in three adults are at risk for developing kidney disease, according to statistics from the National Kidney Foundation.

Fresenius Medical Care has opened a new facility at 4 Northridge Drive in Buckhannon to help meet the needs of the surrounding community.

On Monday, the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting at the new facility.

Clinical manager Paz Durico explained that the clinic can treat up to 36 patients a week. Besides Durico, the clinic will employ two nurses and two technicians.

Referrals to Fresenius come from hospitals and doctors. Dialysis is needed for patients who develop end stage kidney failure, which typically represents 85 to 90 percent loss of kidney function, according to a press release. The dialysis then removes the waste, salt and extra water in the body and keeps safe levels of potassium, sodium and bicarbonate in the blood and control blood pressure.

Buckhannon represented a new market for the center.

“[Patients] had to go to Weston, which isn’t very far, but in winter it would be harder,” Durico said. “We wanted the patients to have an easier way.”

The new facility is “perfect” and can provide dialysis for eight patients at a time, according to Durico.

“It’s very beautiful,” she said. 

For more information about Fresenius Kidney Care, visit www.freseniuskidneycare.com, them on Facebook at facebook.com/FreseniusKidneyCare or follow on Twitter at twitter.com/FreseniusKC.

Fresenius Medical Care has opened a new facility at 4 Northridge Drive in Buckhannon to help meet the needs of the surrounding community.

On Monday, the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting at the new facility.

Clinical manager Paz Durico explained that the clinic can treat up to 36 patients a week. Besides Durico, the clinic will employ two nurses and two technicians.

Referrals to Fresenius come from hospitals and doctors. Dialysis is needed for patients who develop end stage kidney failure, which typically represents 85 to 90 percent loss of kidney function, according to a press release. The dialysis then removes the waste, salt and extra water in the body and keeps safe levels of potassium, sodium and bicarbonate in the blood and control blood pressure.

Buckhannon represented a new market for the center.

“[Patients] had to go to Weston, which isn’t very far, but in winter it would be harder,” Durico said. “We wanted the patients to have an easier way.”

The new facility is “perfect” and can provide dialysis for eight patients at a time, according to Durico.

“It’s very beautiful,” she said. 

For more information about Fresenius Kidney Care, visit www.freseniuskidneycare.com, them on Facebook at facebook.com/FreseniusKidneyCare or follow on Twitter at twitter.com/FreseniusKC.

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