DENTON — National kidney care provider DaVita Denton Dialysis Center welcomed the community for an open house Tuesday, Aug. 27, at its new location in Denton next to the Food Lion.
DaVita offers on-site and home dialysis services to residents of Caroline County. The clinic features 15 service chairs, including an isolation chair for patients who are hepatitis B positive. The center is open three days a week, but DaVita officials expect to grow to six days a week during the next three years and serve up to 70 patients in-office.
The open house included visits from local dignitaries and a ribbon cutting with the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce.
“The reception from the community has been great,” DaVita Denton facility administrator Joe Ewing said. “We have a lot of people in this area that have been commuting to other facilities outside of Caroline County. This has opened up an opportunity for them not to travel as far.
“Since most dialysis patients are three days a week, for three to four hours each visit, this provides them time saved by not having to travel so far to receive their treatments,” he said. “We want to bring that warm comfort of home feeling to our patients.”
DaVita has about 2,300 clinics across the United States; this is its fifth on the Eastern Shore, joining those in Easton, Chestertown, Cambridge and Berlin.
“If a patient is traveling an hour away for treatments, three times a week, coming here can save them six hours a week of travel time,” DaVita Regional Operations Director Kyle Engelmann said. “That extra six hours is something we can give them along with our care and compassion.
“If they are spending nine to 10 hours a week here, we want to make it as inviting and positive as possible,” he said. “Joe, the nurses, the techs and other leaders in the area do everything possible to make sure this is a great, great place to come if you are a patient or a family member.”
Ewing and Englemann want all community members to learn more about early detection for kidney disease by visiting the DaVita website at www.davita.com.
“Early detection is the best way to help yourself or a loved one,” Ewing said. “Many symptoms of kidney disease are similar to common illnesses. Don’t think you just have a cold or the flu. Get a thorough evaluation because it could be something bigger.”
The Denton clinic can be reached at 410-479-4639 for additional information.