Hall’s growing population also means a rising incidence of chronic kidney disease and the need for life-saving dialysis.
“That’s how the genesis of new clinics comes about,” said Jonathan Trent, regional operations director for Denver-based DaVita Inc.
And it’s how the company determined a new dialysis center, DaVita Jesse Jewell Dialysis, was needed at 1475 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville, off Community Way and near Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.
“We’re just trying to better serve the community,” Trent said.
The new clinic operates a treatment room where patients receive treatment through one of the center’s 12 dialysis machines.
Dialysis takes a person’s blood through a filter and returns it clean to the body, doing basically the job kidneys should do.
Diabetes and high blood pressure are the common culprits of kidney disease.
High blood sugar levels over time can harm kidneys, and high blood pressure creates wear and tear on blood vessels, including those that go to the kidneys, according to WebMD.
According to DaVita, kidney disease is “a silent epidemic that affects more than 30 million people in the U.S.”
Yvette Patterson, 54, of Gainesville, said she has been on dialysis for 1 ½ years, or since overmedication during diabetes-related reconstruction surgery caused renal failure.
“It’s a daily journey,” she said.
Patterson requires four-hour treatments on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. She has a catheter over her heart, where she gets fluids drained out and pumped in clean.
She also gets diabetes management and blood sugar checks while at the clinic.
“I really enjoy it here,” Patterson said. “I’ve learned a lot from the nutritionist, and the staff is very loving and caring.”
The clinic is only treating patients Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but as it grows, will add Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Trent said.
“The clinic is still very much in its infancy,” he added.
DaVita Kidney Care
What: New dialysis center
Where: 1475 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Suite 100