|Plans for $3 million dialysis center announced|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
June 24, 2005 - A new renal care facility in Sulphur Springs is expected to be a blessing for Hopkins County residents who have to drive to other cities three days a week for kidney dialysis services.
North Campus Development and Renal Care Group Inc. will break ground Monday on a new $3 million, 8,000 square-foot dialysis center just north of Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.
“Having a local facility is a goal we have been looking forward to,” said Dr. Don O’Neal of North Campus Development. “Our dreams are about to come true.”
Renal Care already provides dialysis services in surrounding areas, but for the more than 85 people who now must travel three days a week for the four-hour procedure, the new center could be the answer to many prayers, according to Dr. O’Neal.
Construction on the dialysis center is expected to be complete in January of 2006, and ready to meet the needs of those patients who must have their blood cleaned three times each week.
“The facility is scheduled for 16 bays, which would allow 16 patients in the mornings and 16 in the afternoon, six days a week,” Dr. O’Neal said.
The dialysis center is the first of several additions being planned by North Campus Development.
“I think over the next year there will be several new developments and new physician specialties that will be coming here, at least part time and some full time, to the area,” Dr. O’Neal said.
The addition of the renal care center will mesh with services already offered and planned by Hopkins County Memorial Hospital and other health care providers.
“We are actually interviewing doctors every week that are interested in this area and we are trying to find the best candidates for physicians to expand our primary care base — internal medicine, family practice — and to provide some specialty care that is not available here now,” Dr. O’Neal said. “We feel like most of these will be additional services we have not had here or will complement the services, the basic medical care we already have in this county.”