STAPLES -- A kidney dialysis unit opened Monday at Lakewood Health System, Staples.
The unit initially is serving an estimated 16 patients within a 60-mile radius of Staples. Previously, those patients traveled to Little Falls, Brainerd and farther to undergo dialysis.
"We wanted to bring this service to our community because traveling for dialysis can be time-consuming, stressful and exhausting," said Tim Rice, president of Lakewood Health System. "Having dialysis available locally will make life easier for these patients."
CentraCare Health System is "pleased to partner with Lakewood to meet the needs of dialysis patients in the Staples area," said Dr. Terence Pladson, co-president of CentraCare Health System. "We are committed to working with rural health care organizations to ensure that central Minnesota residents have quality care close to home."
The Staples unit will join CentraCare Dialysis sites that serve the communities of St. Cloud, Alexandria, Brainerd, Little Falls, Monticello and their surrounding areas.
"This geographical arrangement provides service close to home for many patients and gives our clients the ability to move about within the service area without disrupting their therapy," said Cathy Sindelir, who coordinates CentraCare Dialysis.
Lakewood Health System, based in Staples, includes four clinics in Staples, Browerville, Eagle Bend and Motley, as well as a senior housing facility in Staples. CentraCare Health System is based in St. Cloud and operates hospitals in St. Cloud, Long Prairie and Melrose. CentraCare Health Systems also includes nine clinics and four long-term care facilities.
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