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VOL. 117 | NO. 108 | Wednesday, June 4, 2003

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Kidney dialysis company plans Collierville clinic

Kidney dialysis company plans Collierville clinic

By LANCE ALLAN

The Daily News

In a move to better serve its kidney dialysis patients in the eastern part of Shelby County, Germany-based Fresenius Medical Care will begin construction of a patient facility in Collierville this summer.

The nearly 30-year-old company, which has a North American headquarters in Boston, will own and operate the facility planned for the Schilling Farms development.

The 15,000-square-foot center is scheduled to open by the end of the year, said Pete Shoptaw, vice president of S. Webster Haining and Co., the Memphis-based contractor for the project. The facility will be located on Crescent Drive south of Poplar Avenue.

Were breaking ground in the next 30 days, Shoptaw said.

Construction of the center, Fresenius 12th in the Mid-South, will take about six months.

The $2 million, 13-station facility will employ an estimated 15 people. Fresenius also has six acute care units in the region.

The company selected Collierville as the site for its newest center based on its patient population, said Fresenius Southern Business Unit project manager Blaine Stelly.

Its just an area where we have one of the largest concentrations of dialysis patients, said Stelly, who will oversee design and construction of the projects interior buildout phase.

When they do demographics, they try to put (centers) in areas where dialysis patients are. Its a lot easier to be close to our patients homes for their comfort and convenience.

Fresenius has more than 39,000 employees in more than 100 countries. Almost three-quarters of the companys $5 billion annual revenue is generated from dialysis services, with the remainder coming from dialysis products.

According to company statistics, Fresenius provided dialysis treatment to 112,200 patients in 1,480 clinics around the globe last year.

The proximity of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville was not a factor in the decision to locate the center at Schilling Farms, but Stelly said its always a plus to be near a hospital.

We always try to get it near a hospital for obvious reasons, he said. When you have emergencies its always good.

Kidney transplants and dialysis are the only two treatment methods for renal disease in its end stages. But, due to the limited availability of donor organs and the bodys rejection mechanisms, only a small percentage of patients actually receive transplants, according to the company. That leaves dialysis as the life-saving treatment for most patients.

We provide chronic care for renal patients, Stelly said. Transplants are hard to come by. Artificial dialysis helps maintain the standard of living and quality of life for our patients.

Fresenius Medical Care North Americas growth has corresponded with an increase of dialysis patients across the nation. According to company figures, the number of dialysis patients in the United States increased from 100,000 in 1990 to more than 250,000 in 2001.

The new centers architect is Joseph Wieronski of Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects. Fisher & Arnold is providing civil design.

 

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