Kidney care center to open in Slinger
Facility operated by Fresenius Kidney Care

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

Sept. 13, 2017

The exterior of the Fresenius Kidney Care building is seen Tuesday morning in Slinger.
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SLINGER — Washington County now has a new facility to help those who need kidney care services.

Fresenius Medical Group is scheduled to open their new 6,400-square-foot facility at 631 Lou's Way in the village today. The building is directly behind Burger King and adjacent to Highway 60 after construction began last October. Clinic Manager Michele Klister said the facility was expected to answer the needs of the community.

The facility has 13 dialysis stations, including one isolation station, and the clinic has a maximum capacity of 72, Klister said.

'In-center hemodialysis is provided with amenities that include reclining treatment chairs, individual TVs and wireless internet access,' Klister added.

Fresenius is leasing the facility after Hunzinger Construction handled construction of the building's shell and all site work. Another company completed the interior work.

There are plans to host an Open House event in early October. The date has yet to be confirmed, Klister said. Slinger was chosen as the location based on patient demographics and need. In preparation for opening the clinic, staff has been undergoing training as well as assembling and organizing equipment.

Slinger Village Planner Marty Marchek said earlier the approval process through the village for the project went very smoothly.

'I know they worked with Burger King next door about some access and utility easement issues, but they all worked together well on this,' Marchek said.

The facility has 13 dialysis stations, including one isolation station and has maximum capacity for 72 patients.
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Village Building Inspector Dave Darga said after village officials signed off on the building plans, state approval was needed, which may have been part of the reason why construction did not begin until around Oct. 1.

According to the National Kidney Foundation website, dialysis acts as an artificial kidney. There are two types of treatment: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. About 90 percent of dialysis patients receive hemodialysis, in which the blood is circulated outside the body and cleaned inside a machine before returning to the patient. Usually, each hemodialysis treatment lasts about four hours and is done three times per week. A type of hemodialysis called high-flux dialysis may take less time.

Fresenius Kidney Care, a division of Fresenius Medical Care North America, provides dialysis treatment and services to nearly 180,000 people with kidney disease at more than 2,300 facilities nationwide. Fresenius Kidney Care supports people by helping to address both the physical and emotional aspects of kidney disease through personalized care, education and lifestyle support services so they can lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. FMCNA’s has more than 67,000 employees.