Dialysis Unit

Walton Regional Medical Center announces the addition of acute dialysis services for inpatients at the hospital.   Patients admitted who require dialysis services can now be treated on campus during their hospital stay.   Davita provides the dialysis service in a new suite on the 2nd floor of the medical center.

Dialysis is a process for removing waste and excess water from the blood in a patient who has lost kidney function.

“Prior to this opening, patients who required dialysis had to be transferred or admitted to another hospital outside of Walton County.   This new service means that patients can stay local and be close to their family and friends while admitted for care,” said Chief Nursing Officer Sharon Queen.   “Staffed by trained nurses and technicians, the dialysis unit is available 24/7.”

 

“As part of Walton Regional’s continuous quality improvement program, DaVita provides our nurses with educational programs aimed at enhancing their ability to care for patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) and to improve collaboration with DaVita dialysis nurses and nephrologists to preserve the care continuum, “said Queen.

 

Nephrologist Rene Mackay, MD serves as the medical director for the dialysis unit.   Outpatient dialysis services remain available through independent community dialysis centers in Walton County.