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Lodi Memorial partners with outside provider for inpatient dialysis

By Jennifer Bonnett, Lodi News-Sentinel, Calif.
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

July 12--Lodi Memorial Hospital has contracted with Satellite Healthcare to provide acute kidney care dialysis services for inpatients to ensure there are no gaps in care.

"They are the national experts and we wanted the best for our patients, since it's a specialized and complex field," Lodi Health spokeswoman Carol Farron said. Lodi Memorial Hospital is under the Lodi Health umbrella.

By teaming up with Satellite Healthcare, Lodi Memorial Hospital's patients requiring treatment for acute kidney injury or chronic kidney disease will benefit from Satellite's 40 years of experience serving patients with kidney disease, according to a press release.

Previously, the hospital offered dialysis for inpatients only during the day and in the evenings, Farron said.

Now with Satellite Healthcare on site, the service is 24 hours a day. Previously, there was a gap was between midnight and 6 a.m., according to Farron.

"The ability to offer these services to our patients is tremendous for our hospital, Satellite and the patients we will now both care for," Sarah Taylor, Lodi Memorial Hospital's manager of the intensive care unit, preliminary treatment unit and dialysis, said in a written statement. "Our patients now have the benefits of an acute-care facility, and Satellite Healthcare's experience and reputation offers both quality care and peace of mind."

Additionally, Satellite Healthcare provides programs for quality improvement in dialysis patients, which is required under the federal government's health care reform act, Farron said.

San Jose-based Satellite Healthcare, Inc. hails itself as one of the nation's first and leading providers of dialysis services and kidney disease care.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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