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New dialysis clinic open in P.M. Township

May 17, 2019

PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — A new dialysis clinic has opened, located at 37 S. Pere Marquette Hwy., near Walgreens.

The Fresenius Kidney Care clinic in Pere Marquette Charter Township began treating dialysis patients on Friday, May 10, said Ryan Sawyer, who is Fresenius’ director of operations for Northwest Michigan.

“We’re excited to bring a state-of-the-art dialysis facility to Ludington to provide the best quality care possible to end stage renal disease patients and enable them to continue to thrive,” Sawyer said.

The newly constructed clinic is more than 6,000 square feet. It has 13 treatment stations and the capacity to offer dialysis care for about 78 patients a week, he said.

The dialysis treatment process takes a patient three to four hours, but the clinic has satellite TV for each patient, as well as dialysis chairs that are heated and massage, he said. The dialysis machines are Fresenius’ newest models.

There is also a physician space in the clinic so patients can see their physicians locally and not have to travel to another office.

Currently, the clinic is at less than half its patient capacity, and it’s looking to sign up more, Sawyer said.

“We are open to any and all patients in need of dialysis services and have availability on any shift patients may need at this point,” he said. “If patients are interested, they can let their current provider know they want to transfer or call us directly.”

Patients receive dialysis treatment three times a week. The clinic is currently offering a dialysis schedule of Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but it will also expand to offer treatment on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to meet the needs of more patients, Sawyer said.

The hours of operation are 6 a.m to 6 p.m., but evening hours could also be offered as necessary, he said. Overnight shifts will not be offered, he said.

Most of the clinic’s current patients are those who were treated at Fresenius’ former clinic in Baldwin, which the Ludington clinic replaced, according to Sawyer.

Fresenius looked at several location options for the new clinic and decided that Ludington was the best place, he said. Ludington is one of the larger cities in the area, and it should be easier for patients — both Ludington-area residents and visitors — to commute to the clinic, he said.

“We wanted to be able to provide the best facility for patients,” he said. “This provided us the opportunity to have a new facility, built from the ground up, that is state-of-the-art.”

The clinic’s location on Pere Marquette Highway just south of U.S. 10 is also beneficial, he said.

“We think it provides the best opportunity for patients all around to get easy access to the facility,” said Sawyer.

Although the clinic is already open, it will host its official open house from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18. The ribbon cutting ceremony with the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce is planned for 5:30 p.m.

The clinic currently employs six staff members, although some of the employees are shared by multiple facilities, he said.

Fresenius has a dialysis clinic in Manistee that was recently remodeled, as well as clinics in Muskegon, Big Rapids and Cadillac. The health care company operates 113 of the 214 dialysis facilities in Michigan, and has more than 2,400 facilities nationwide, according to Fresenius.

To contact the Ludington clinic, call (231) 843-8740.