Construction begins on new Billings Clinic Dialysis Center at Seventh Avenue North and North 25th Street
Billings, MT— Construction on a new Billings Clinic dialysis center in downtown Billings has begun. A joint venture between Billings Clinic, the region’s largest health care organization, and Dialysis Clinic, Inc., one of the nation’s largest providers of dialysis services, the 114,309-square-foot dialysis center is expected to begin serving patients in the summer of 2019.
“This new dialysis center will allow us to serve more patients in a state-of-the-art facility that keeps them close to our downtown campus,” said Randy Gibb, MD, Billings Clinic CEO. “It ensures we can meet the growing need for these vital dialysis treatments. Our new center, will be a great addition to this neighborhood and to the core of our city.”
As the first major health care facility east of North 27th Street, the new center represents a transformative development that fits Billings’ desire for infill projects between downtown and MetraPark, using existing lots or buildings to bring in new development and businesses.
According to the U.S. Renal Data System Annual Data Report, more than 660,000 Americans are being treated for kidney failure and of these, 468,000 are dialysis patients. In the Billings area, the number of patients requiring dialysis treatment is growing by about 5 percent each year.
The new Billings Clinic dialysis center will offer a significant improvement over the current space by providing more space and easy ground-level access to patients while keeping them in close proximity to the main Billings Clinic campus. The center will serve a more than patients per day, with capacity to treat more if needed. It will more than double the amount of space available to patients, from 17 dialysis chairs and two home care rooms to 36 chairs and four rooms. The $3.9 million construction project provides patients with updated machines and equipment, along with full dialysis treatment and multiple delivery modalities, in a spacious and modern healing environment.
“The 17 station Billings Clinic dialysis facility is at capacity. Our staff is doing everything they can to accommodate the needs of current dialysis patients while the new clinic is being built,” said Tim Reedy, Billings Clinic/ DCI Area Operations Director. “We are thrilled that the new location will offer 19 additional in-center hemodialysis treatment chairs and two additional home therapy exam rooms. We will be able to accept new in-center patients and expand our home therapy offering to include home hemodialysis.”
Local architects, engineers and contractors CTA, Sanderson Stewart and Fisher Construction Inc. of Billings are building and designing and building the center.
Billings Clinic nephrologist Kendrick Trostel, MD, serves as medical director.
ABOUT DIALYSIS CLINIC, INC.
People with kidney disease deserve the best care and hope for a better life. DCI is the only national healthcare provider that delivers comprehensive care along the entire continuum of kidney disease. As a non-profit provider since its inception in 1971, DCI has consistently put patients first. DCI provides outstanding care among national kidney care providers and invests a substantial portion of its resources to improve this care.
DCI’s services in Montana include the Billings Clinic, LLC, DCI Big Sky, and REACH Kidney Care, a free chronic kidney disease education and care coordination program.
With more than 240 outpatient dialysis clinics in 28 states, DCI is the nation’s largest non-profit dialysis provider. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, DCI employs over 5,000 people serving approximately 15,000 patients on dialysis and over 4,500 patients with chronic kidney disease. DCI’s services include in-center hemodialysis, home therapies and partnerships with hospitals to provide in-patient care. The United States Renal Data System has found DCI to have the lowest mortality and hospitalization rates among national dialysis providers since 2002. DCI operates under the mission “We are a non-profit service organization. The care of the patient is our reason for existence.
ABOUT BILLINGS CLINIC
Billings Clinic is Montana’s largest health system, serving Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. A not-for-profit organization led by a physician CEO, Billings Clinic is governed by a board of community members, nurses and physicians. At its core, Billings Clinic is a physician-led, integrated multispecialty group practice with a 304-bed hospital and Level II trauma center. Billings Clinic has more than 4,200 employees, including 450 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 50 specialties. Billings Clinic is the first Magnet-designated health care organization in Montana and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. More information can be found at www.billingsclinic.com.