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Archbold's Southwest Georgia Dialysis Facility Ready for Patients

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

January 8, 2009

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - South Georgians who need dialysis now have a new state of the art facility where they can go for treatment.

Archbold Memorial Hospital spent 5.1 million dollars on the Southwest Georgia Dialysis Facility that will start taking patients Monday.

The 15,000 square foot building is twice the size of the old clinic that was used for 26 years.

The rate of kidney disease and failure in Georgia has exceeded the national average since 1980.

"We have seen a lot of growth in the number of patients that have kidney failure or end stage renal disease and that's been the driving force behind a necessity to build a larger more modern facility to take care of the patients in," said Perry Mustian, President and CEO of Archbold Memorial Hospital.

 "The happier our patients are with the dialysis experience the more likely they are to do all the other things that they need to do to have a successful dialysis experience," said Dr. Merrill Hicks, Dialysis Facility Director.

Typical dialysis treatments last for four hours and are done three times a week. In the current building, nurses work with three shifts of patients, 12-14 hours per day.

With more space they can bring it back down to two shifts a day.  Feedback