Fayetteville VAMC Opening New Dialysis Center - Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System
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Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System

 

Fayetteville VAMC Opening New Dialysis Center

May 13, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville VA Medical Center will open a state-of-the-art dialysis center as part of the ongoing effort to increase VA's internal capacity to provide hemodialysis treatment to chronic dialysis patients. 

A 16-chair clinic which can treat up to 64 patients will begin seeing patients June 1 at 2301 Robeson Street, Fayetteville.  There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new facility on May 18 at 11 a.m.

The Durham VA Medical Center will open a second, 12-chair dialysis center in Raleigh later in June.

The VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network is opening these clinics in an effort to meet the growing needs of Veterans in North Carolina and to advance VA's efforts to establish best practices in dialysis care for the Veteran population. 

Currently, there are nearly 800 Veterans receiving dialysis in North Carolina, with nearly 75 percent receiving dialysis by contract facilities.  This effort is focused on providing outpatient chronic dialysis care to ambulatory veterans who live in close proximity to the news clinics.  

"Increasing internal capacity to provide outpatient ambulatory chronic dialysis care will allow more veterans treatment in a comprehensive care environment integrated with the other care they receive from VA," said Daniel F. Hoffmann, VISN 6 Network Director.  "This effort ties directly into the new Patient Aligned Care Team approach, and will allow for consistent and integrated oversight of medical records.  This gives the veteran's entire health care team the ability to maintain continuous comprehensive awareness of each Veteran's treatment and status.  Additionally, VA intends to research many of the assumptions surrounding the provision of dialysis care, including quality, staffing, equipment needs, space needs, costs, and drive time assumptions to better understand the evidence which should lead to best practices for future generations of Veterans requiring this care." 
          
Because dialysis typically requires three 4-hour treatments each week, drive time is a factor for transitioning to the new clinics.  The Network has identified more than 100 Veterans requiring dialysis who live within 30 minutes of the new Raleigh or Fayetteville clinics.   Case managers from the Network's Community Based Dialysis Program have notified Veterans eligible to receive care at the new sites and are working with current contract providers to arrange for a seamless transfer of care.

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Media members with questions about this release should contact Ed Drohan, Public Affairs Officer at edward.drohan@va.gov, by calling (910) 488-2120, ext. 5991 or cell phone (910) 224-2214.