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Construction begins on Miller County dialysis outpatient clinic

Robin Rau, Miller County Hospital CEO Robin Rau, Miller County Hospital CEO
COLQUITT, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia hospital will soon provide convenient care for dialysis patients. Miller County hospital officials say their new plan is one of the ways to help rural hospitals. 

 Miller County hospital officials say the building of their dialysis outpatient facility is the first of its kind in South Georgia. They say it'll be more accessible to dialysis patients in the county and will bring jobs to the area. 

 Construction kicked off Monday, on the 6500 square foot Miller County Dialysis Outpatient Clinic on Delores Street in Colquitt. The hospital partnered with a dialysis company, DaVita Dialysis, more than two years ago. Officials say the number of dialysis patients in the state and county are growing. 

 "We know in this community with a lot of chronic disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, all of those things that we hear about on the news is a critical issue for this community,” said Robin Rau, Miller County Hospital CEO. 

 The 12 station facility is a block away from the hospital and will treat patients in Miller and surrounding counties and in the Miller County nursing home. Officials say it will provide convenient care by cutting down on travel time for patients. 

 "For them to be able to receive this treatment locally, it'll alleviate the burden for these dialysis patients as well as their families,” said Rau. 

 The facility will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with six employees. Hospital officials plan to double those numbers in the future.

 "As we continue to fill the program it'll obviously be open six days a week and we expect probably 25 jobs,” said Rau. 

 Robin Rau says the facility will be the first of its kind in the state. 

"There's not another program where in house, mechanical ventilator patients can also receive the dialysis without having to travel,” said Rau. 

The $1.1 million dollar facility is expected to be complete in January. The Miller County Hospital will hold a groundbreaking ceremony with DaVita Dialysis for the facility on Friday, July 18th at 9:00 a.m.

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