New North County Dialysis Center Opening
Marcos Rothstein, MD
“Serving the population where they live” is the impetus behind the new Washington University dialysis facility about to open in North St. Louis County, according to Dr. Marcos Rothstein, Professor of Medicine, Nephrology, and one of the initial advocates of the project.
“Missouri has over 9,000 patients undergoing dialysis, and that puts our state in the top ten for incidence and prevalence of End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD),” says Dr. Rothstein. “Within both the state and our city, North St. Louis County has by far the highest number of patients suffering from this condition.”
Tingting Li, MD
Opening in early January 2018, the North County Dialysis Center is a 16-station, in-center hemodialysis unit that will have the capability for home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis training and support. The unit has the potential to eventually accommodate 90 in-center hemodialysis patients and up to 40 home modalities patients.
The center, designed to exude a warm and inviting esthetic, has an open atmosphere with lots of windows in the treatment area, and boasts easy accessibility with regard to parking.
The intake of patients at this top-of-the-line facility will begin gradually under the leadership of Medical Director Ting Ting Li, MD and Nurse Practitioner Lisa Koester-Wiedemann, along with a dedicated nursing staff, all bringing a wealth of experience to the endeavor. In conjunction with the new unit, Rothstein and Koester-Wiedermann will see patients in a new WU Nephrology CKD clinic located nearby in the Doctors’ Building at Christian Hospital Northeast.
Lisa Koester-Wiedemann, NP
The Washington University North County Dialysis Center will join the existing Renal Network of dialysis units – Chromalloy American Kidney Center (the oldest dialysis unit in operation in the St. Louis area), Washington University Dialysis Center at Forest Park, and South County Dialysis Center (Home Dialysis South). These dialysis units are independent, not-for-profit facilities, welcoming all patients under the care of nephrologists throughout the community.
Brent Miller, MD
“This certainly complements our ability to provide dialysis throughout the Metro area,” says Brent Miller, MD, Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of Home Dialysis. “We now have units covering South, West, Central and North locations in the St. Louis area.”
Dan Coyne, MD, Medical Director, Chromalloy American Kidney Center, says, “The opening of a Washington University Dialysis Center in North County reflects the commitment of the Division of Nephrology to provide state-of-the-art services and care across the entire Metro St. Louis area.”
Dan Coyne, MD
“For over 50 years, Washington University Nephrology has been committed to caring for and providing kidney replacement options to patients in our region,” says Dr. Rothstein. “Extending into North St. Louis County is the natural continuation of that mission. I’ve seen firsthand the need for a dialysis unit in North County, and it fills me with pride that Washington University Nephrology is fulfilling the needs and expectations of our patients.”
The North County Dialysis Center is located at 272 Mayfair Plaza in Florissant, MO, 63033, near the intersection of highways 367 and 270.
Dialysis Patient’s Kidney Walk Entourage: Five Years and Growing
Garland Patton, a dialysis patient in the Chromalloy Kidney Center at Washington University, and a group of more than 50 family and friends, turned out for the annual St. Louis National Kidney Foundation (NKF)-sponsored Kidney Walk held last April. This was the fifth year in a row that the Patton group took part in the fundraiser.
Garland’s oldest daughter, Erica, says the family was originally encouraged to join the NKF walk by her niece Michaiah, who wanted to do something for her grandfather. So, a group of ten including Garland, Erica, her siblings Trineice, Garland Jr., Ebony and Terrence, and mother Sheila gathered for their first walk in 2012. “We got so much knowledge from it – about how to take care of our bodies and how to help with our dad. We loved the event so much,” says Erica.
Kidney Walk 2015 with Garland Patton (center) and family members.
Since that first walk, the group has made t-shirts and participated in various fundraisers and outreach programs to “get the word out” about the kidneys and the important role they play in your body. “This year was the best year ever,” says Erica. “Not only did we get to donate a nice amount but we had over 50 people to join and help out with the movement. Family and friends from all over got a chance to enjoy the NKF walk.” The family event is so popular that a nephew from Atlanta, Georgia, has travelled to St. Louis to join in the last few walks.
Garland, who just turned 56 and who has been on dialysis for 18 years, is very enthusiastic about the event, “We enjoy it. It gets bigger and bigger, you know, more and more people want to come. It‘s not the biggest group, but we’re in there!” Garland says the NKF walks are a place to get to know others in your situation – and more. “You get to meet people. You get to meet different doctors, nurses, and staff. There are a lot of other people there.”
Garland Patton with cousin at the 2013 Kidney Walk.
The Kidney Walk is usually held on the St. Louis University campus at Laclede Park. This year, due to weather that forced cancellation of most outdoor events in St. Louis that day, the event was held in the Chaifetz Arena. “We made the quick decision to change venues to an inside facility in order to still be able to hold the walk,” says Cherie Gilderbloom, Development Manager for the National Kidney Foundation serving Eastern Missouri and Metro East. “We were able to work with Chaifetz Arena, who was fantastic in helping us figure everything out in a short amount of time to pull off an incredible event.” The walk featured The King of St. Louis as emcee and live music from Blackdog and the Rainmakers.
Over 1,000 participants walked in the 2017 event and raised over $135,000 (and counting) to raise awareness of kidney disease and to fund programs that educate and support patients, their families and those at risk. “We were so grateful for the turnout. It’s so awesome how dedicated our walkers are and show up year after year,” says Cherie.
The Patton family wants to continue to spread the word about kidney disease. “The awareness starts with us letting people know that knowledge is out there for them,” says Erica Patton. I just really want people to look at my dad and know that he is more to us than a dad. He is our hero every day. He fights to be here with his family. If you know someone going through something similar, support them! Get out there and gain as much knowledge that you can about it. Be their hero!”
As for Garland, he’s enthusiastic about the annual event and proud to be part of raising the awareness of kidney disease. “It’s pretty nice, it really is. You’ve got people involved. It was all new to me, but I got a chance to tell somebody.” Known in the dialysis center as someone who is “always being so upbeat and positive”, Garland is more than happy to have his story posted on social media. “Maybe we can find more people!”
As Garland sits hooked up to a hemodialysis machine in Chromalloy, patiently waiting for his session to finish, he points to a woman whose family had taken part in the walk. “They want to join my team next year.”
For more information on the annual St. Louis NKF Kidney Walk, contact Cherie Gilderbloom: email@example.com or 314-961-2828 ext. 486.
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