New dialysis center opens at Miami Jewish Health

New dialysis center opens at Miami Jewish Health

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Miami Jewish Health recently announced the grand opening of a dialysis center operated by DaVita in response to a need to provide more immediate care to people suffering from chronic or acute kidney conditions.

“Consistency, immediacy and convenience are important for people who suffer from kidney disease,” said Jeffrey P. Freimark, president and CEO at Miami Jewish Health. “We are proud to be able to partner with DaVita to deliver dialysis services both to members of our Miami Jewish Health community and to people living in nearby neighborhoods to ensure they receive the quality dialysis care they need efficiently and effectively,”

Before the dialysis center opened, patients at Miami Jewish Health had to travel as far as Miami Beach for dialysis treatments.

When kidneys are not working correctly, waste builds up in the blood, which could lead to coma and death. In general, dialysis mechanically filters out waste.

“We are serving a vulnerable community. The procedure can be exhausting, especially for the elderly and least healthy members of the neighborhood,” said Gonzalo del Coso, regional operations director of DaVita.

The new DaVita dialysis center presently serves 16 patients and has the capacity to serve 48 patients three times a week. With demand, the center has the space to expand and serve up to 72 patients a week. DaVita research shows 150 people in need of dialysis live within a two-mile radius of Miami Jewish Health, located in the Buena Vista neighborhood just south of Little Haiti and north of the Miami Design District and Wynwood.

DaVita, a publicly traded company based in Denver, is one of the largest providers of dialysis services in the nation. In Miami, DaVita has 24 centers and the highest number of 4- and 5-star ratings among its competitors.

Miami Jewish Health is one of the most innovative healthcare providers in the United States, treating annually more than 12,000 people of all ages, cultures and faiths with a focus on the aging population. The 79-year-old organization draws patients, residents and participants from South Florida, across the nation and around the world for its comprehensive services and continuum of care.

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