Chronic kidney disease, also called ESRD, end stage renal failure, is the gradual loss of kidney function. The kidneys perform the vital function of filtering wastes and excess fluids from the blood, which exit the body in the form of urine. When kidneys fail, dialysis or a kidney transplant is needed to prevent death.
To address a growing need for dialysis care closer to home, Riverwood Healthcare Center and CentraCare Kidney Program, headquartered in St. Cloud, signed a letter of intent to collaborate on a new dialysis facility to serve residents of Aitkin County and the surrounding area. Riverwood will break ground on a clinic expansion and renovation project in summer 2017, which includes space for a dialysis unit to be operated by CentraCare. The kidney care and dialysis unit in Aitkin is estimated to open in late 2018 or early 2019.
As part of the partnership with CentraCare, Dr. Benjamin Parker, who is board certified in both internal medicine and nephrology, is providing local nephrology (kidney care) outreach services on a routine basis at Riverwood Healthcare in Aitkin. Dr. Parker will oversee the clinical direction of the new dialysis facility.
See more on CentraCare’s Kidney Program at http://www.centracare.com/services/kidney/centracare-kidney-program/