Dialysis provider opens 1st of 3 clinics

November 29, 2011 Updated Nov 29, 2011 at 9:01 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First Reporter

November 29, 2011 Updated Nov 29, 2011 at 9:01 AM EDT

A national dialysis services firm has officially landed in New York state with the opening of the first of three new centers in the Buffalo Niagara region.

U.S. Renal Care Inc. (USRC) treated its first patient in recent weeks at its Tonawanda facility, opened in collaboration with Nephrology Associates of WNY. The two organizations created a new company, Lake Erie Dialysis Providers LLC, which will open two more sites by year's end in Williamsville and Cheektowaga.

The three sites represent USRC's first expansion into New York state. Founded in 2000, the company serves more than 6,200 patients with chronic kidney failure. USRC operates 125 clinics and outpatient programs in 12 states, including 89 freestanding outpatient dialysis centers.

Combined, the three Western New York clinics will create about 45 new jobs once they are operating at full capacity.

The Tonawanda facility on Eggert Road, with 13 dialysis stations, will host an open house tomorrow, Nov. 29, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The site will initially be operational three days a week, expanding to six days. The other two sites, under development on Union Road in Cheektowaga and Transit Road in Williamsville, will also have 13 stations apiece and are expected to draw patients from a 30-mile radius.

Nephrology Associates, with offices in Orchard Park and Amherst, sees patients with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease, the majority of whom require dialysis. Dr. Kristin Matteson is a partner at the practice and medical director of the Tonawanda dialysis center.

"After many months of careful planning with the community, we are pleased to have treated our first patient and member of the community," she said. "Our goal is to improve the quality of life for patients and their caretakers in this region."

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