Coming Soon - Dialysis Care Center, LLC
DIALYSIS TREATMENT COMING TO FULTON COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
McCONNELLSBURG - Shirley Elbin awakes at 3 a.m. three days a week to prepare for her 6 a.m. dialysis treatment in a neighboring county. She returns to her southern Fulton County home mid-afternoon.
Gerald Peck converses with Elbin on the same three days as his treatment begins at 5:45 a.m. at the same facility. He, too, rises at 3 a.m.
"I talk with her all the time," said Peck from McConnellsburg.
They now have a hot topic of conversation, one that is exciting to those who are dialysis patients and with family and friends who care for their loved ones.
Dialysis is coming to Fulton County Medical Center. It is expected to open mid-year and will be housed in the former specialty service area on the FCMC campus. Renovation is underway and will last through the winter months.
Dialysis Care Center, LLC will run the treatment center. The renovated area (4,662 square feet) will have the following:
Open treatment area that will accommodate chairs for six patients per three shifts for 18 total patients running three days a week, 12 hours per day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Rooms for patients in home-based dialysis, equipment, filtration, training and additional clinical/staff/reception space
Capacity to accommodate an additional 18 patients if volume warrants it, but it would need to then be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
"Dialysis is needed in this community," said Elbin. "I've been traveling for 10 years to another county to receive treatment. It is gratifying to know I won't have to wake up at 3 a.m. three days a week to meet my ride for the trip over the mountain for my 6 a.m. appointment."
Peck, who has had a friend transport him over the mountain for three years, concurs: "I won't have to worry about the road conditions since I'm only five minutes away from the Medical Center."
"Traveling is a big deal in the dialysis world," said Dr. Babajide A. Salako, CEO, Dialysis Care Center, LLC. "Ideally, you want to put a dialysis center no more than 20 minutes away for the patients. It's needed in an area like Fulton County because of the mountains and the distances that people are traveling."
"I know some other dialysis organizations shied away from your community because they didn't think it would be profitable for them," continued Salako. "We are not like that. We are putting patients before profits. We are going to be hiring locally as well, putting together a team of nurses, technicians and ancillary staff. Patients first and hiring people - we want to make a commitment to the community."
Mike Makosky, President and CEO of Fulton County Medical Center said: "One of our main focuses at Fulton County Medical Center is to provide quality healthcare services in our community. Our hope is to lessen some of the burdens that come with illnesses, including traveling distances to receive services, by providing as many medical services as possible here at FCMC. Offering dialysis service has been a goal of FCMC for several years. It wasn't until we were able to partner with Dialysis Care Center, who has the expertise, knowledge, and resources necessary to offer this important service to our community. We are grateful for this opportunity to bring this much needed service to our community."
Nadine Carbaugh is relieved to know her mother-in-law, Laura Jean, will be treated locally. "People in this community have depended on Fulton County Medical Center for their care and to know dialysis will be available is truly a godsend. No more days of travel, waiting and nervousness about going over the mountain in bad weather. There are a lot of local dialysis patients who are grateful."
To help offset the construction costs and to get the program started, Community State Bank of Orbisonia has offered a $15,000 matching grant with the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation in the "Dollars for Dialysis" campaign. The matching challenge gift program runs through March 15. To make a tax-deductible gift to "Dollars for Dialysis," please make checks payable to the FCMC Foundation. Please designate the gift as Dialysis Project. Mail it to: FCMC Foundation, 214 Peach Orchard Road, McConnellsburg, PA 17233. A gift by credit card may be made over the phone at 717-485-6322 or online at www.fcmcpa.org.
"There is a price tag of $85,000 associated with the renovations," said Mike Straley, Executive Director of the FCMC Foundation. "With this matching challenge grant, the community has the opportunity to assist in making this service come to life with a gift that will double thanks to the generosity of Community State Bank of Orbisonia."