IN-PATIENT DIALYSIS NOW AVAILABLE AT BOZEMAN DEACONESS HEALTH SERVICES

Gerald Groggel, MD
OCTOBER 1, 2012
Beginning in October, hospital in-patients at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital no longer need to be transferred to another community to receive dialysis services, thanks to the efforts of Bozeman Deaconess Hospital and Gerald Groggel, MD, FACP of Bozeman Deaconess Nephrology and Medical Director of Fresenius Medical Care Bozeman Dialysis Center.

"What this means for our patients is they can get all their care here now, in terms of kidney care and nephrology," said Groggel. "This is huge because we will no longer have to ship our patients to Billings if they require in-patient dialysis, which we were doing once or twice a month. They now can get treatment right here in Bozeman and they don’t have to leave for care as people had to do in the past."

While Bozeman Deaconess had offered out-patient dialysis since 1998, Groggel explained that until two years ago the hospital did not have a full-time kidney doctor required to offer the one-on-one care required by in-hospital patients receiving dialysis.

When Fresenius purchased the dialysis center earlier this year, part of the agreement was to begin providing in-patient services and developing a home dialysis program. "Fresenius has the resources, the knowledge and the personnel to offer this to our patients, keeping their care in their community," said Groggel, who also was recently named Medical Director at the Fresenius out-patient facility in Butte.

The new service, available at Bozeman Deaconess in two ICU rooms and one each on the surgical and medical floors, will not only benefit patients already in-house who suffer kidney failure by not forcing them to be moved to another facility, but also current out-patient dialysis patients who develop other medical conditions or need a procedure such as installing a heart catheter which require a hospital stay.

It also provides another major benefit, because cardiologists, surgeons and radiologists at Bozeman Deaconess can now offer more procedures here that, for safety measures, are performed only if dialysis is available as well. "My colleagues are very excited about this opportunity," Groggel added.
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