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Monday, December 27, 2010 - Dialysis Center Celebrates Third Year in Kalkaska
Dialysis Center Celebrates Third Year in Kalkaska
The center currently serves 37 patients from around the region
Kalkaska Memorial Health Center's (KMHC) Dialysis Center recently celebrated its third anniversary of providing quality care for the area's residents close to home.
Since opening its doors on Dec. 12, 2007, the 5,500-square-foot state-of-the-art dialysis facility has continued to grow and address the needs of the area's dialysis community, as well as those of vacationers who arrive to enjoy the lakes and scenery.
"If someone visits our unit today, they will find it remains clean and beautiful. We have a great staff who look at our patients as part of our extended family," said Janine Diebel, R.N., Director of Dialysis Services. Over the past three years, the KMHC Dialysis Center has expanded hours to meet the needs of its current 37 patients.
The facility is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. It initially started as a three-day a week operation. Dialysis requires patients to spend three to four hours three times a week being treated. The KMHC Dialysis Center can accommodate 12 patients at a time.
June Mann of Kalkaska was one of the first patients treated at the facility. She continues to be treated three times a week.
"It's wonderful, the staff is just great," Mann said. "I really appreciate the time that you save by not having to ride the bus for three or four hours a day. It is close to home where family can come and get you. I went to Traverse City for seven years and that was nice, too, but I like it closer."
Brent LaFramboise of Bay City said he travels to a cabin in the area frequently and is thankful for having a resource he can turn to during his visits. "When we go north, instead of having to drive back to Bay City for dialysis, they fit me into their schedule in Kalkaska, it's great," he said. "They have computers, warm blankets, nice chairs, and soft lighting. I really like the facility."

Hospital Administrator Jim Austin said the decision to build the facility has proven to be extremely positive for the community.
"This is something that our board initially saw as a way to help area residents who need dialysis stay close to home, especially this time of the year when roads are difficult to travel," he said. "We continue to be very pleased with facility operations and look forward to continued service in the years to come."

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Dale Killingbeck
Munson Healthcare Corporate Communications
(231) 935-3394