Dialysis Services

At McLaren, we offer close-to-home dialysis services to help the kidney function in people with kidney failure. Patients get a chance to live longer, more productive lives while receiving treatment at a comfortable, convenient facility

Dialysis Information at Each of Our Subsidiaries

McLaren Bay Region

Twenty million Americans have some form of chronic kidney disease and many do not know it. For many of these patients, dialysis is the only hope of survival. Regional Dialysis Services brings this vital service to patients throughout Northeast Michigan. Regional Dialysis Services (RDS) was established in 1993 as a joint effort among MidMichigan Health and McLaren Bay Region. Regional Dialysis Services is managed by Gratiot Medical Center, an affiliate of MidMichigan Health, which has over 40 years of experience in the management and delivery of dialysis services and has received Amgen's award stating this service as one of the top three dialysis centers in the nation. Sharing staff, resources, and experience in hemodialysis has made it possible for Regional Dialysis Services to bring this vital program to patients in four mid-Michigan locations.

  • Bay City
  • Gladwin
  • Midland
  • West Branch

McLaren Bay Region and Mid-Michigan Health also jointly provide dialysis services to patients in the thumb through Thumb Area Dialysis Center in Cass City.

Regional Dialysis Services is licensed by the Michigan Department of Community Health and is a Medicare participant. RDS physicians, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, patient care technicians, social workers, and dietitians work closely with patients and families to provide state-of-the-art dialysis. Equipment specialists are also on staff to facilitate technical support of the units.

The Regional Dialysis Services team takes a multidisciplinary approach to dialysis, coordinating each patient's treatment according to his or her individual needs. Carlos Marchena, M.D. serves as medical director of the facilities in Bay City, Cass City and West Branch.

RDS offers a full scope of dialysis services, including hemodialysis, continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis and HDF, which shortens treatment time.  With care coordinated and supervised by skilled professionals, patients are ensured the highest quality of dialysis treatment.

Regional Dialysis Services provides state-of-the-art dialysis allowing for faster, more efficient treatment. Most patients attend three to four-hour dialysis sessions three times a week.  Patients are monitored closely to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment. Close assessment and thorough evaluation of each patient dictates appropriate changes in treatment plans.

Regional Dialysis Services provides state-of-the-art dialysis allowing for faster, more efficient treatment. Most patients attend three to four-hour dialysis sessions three times a week.

Patients are monitored closely to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment. Close assessment and thorough evaluation of each patient dictates appropriate changes in treatment plans.

Services

Regional Dialysis Services provides many specialized services to patients, including:

  • Vacationing dialysis services
  • Anemia management
  • Disease management protocols
  • Transplant referrals
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Insurance Coordination
  • Wireless Internet
>Kidney Transplant

Kidney transplant is an effective treatment for some ESRD patients. Regional Dialysis Services works closely with major medical centers to offer the benefit of renal transplant to our patients. 

McLaren Central Michigan

McLaren Central Michigan offers inpatient dialysis services at their main campus

McLaren Flint

McLaren Flint provides treatment to patients who require dialysis during their stay in the hospital. The Dialysis Unit, located on 4 Central, is ACLS certified with an exclusive team of registered nurses specially trained and experienced in high acuity dialysis care.

Most patients are transported from their room to the Unit for treatment. For those patients who are unable to leave their room, such as those in ICU, CCU and some in the Emergency Department, dialysis nurses will administer treatments at the bedside using a portable dialysis unit.

Dialysis treatments administered include:

  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Hemodialysis

Upon discharge, patients may resume dialysis treatments at their regular outpatient dialysis center. A case manager is available to assist patients find the closest or most convenient facility to receive dialysis.

McLaren Flint Dialysis Unit is open Monday- Saturday 6 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. with emergency dialysis care available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. Contact the unit by calling (810) 342-2175.

McLaren Lapeer Region

McLaren Lapeer Region opened its much-needed dialysis service for inpatients in 2005 in response to community demand, and has since added a state-of-the-art outpatient facility.

Dialysis normally begins for patients when their natural kidney function has fallen below 85-90% of normal. Unless the patient receives a kidney transplant, they will continue dialysis for the rest of their lives. The treatment will not cure a kidney insufficiency, but it will help a person live longer and feel better. It is our goal to provide a sense of comfort to all those we care for.

Our outpatient facility is managed by Reliant Renal Care and includes many special features for the comfort of our patients.

McLaren Northern Michigan

Everett Kircher Dialysis Area

Every Hour Counts

Designed to meet outpatient needs in one dedicated state-of-the-art facility, the John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion and Dialysis Center provides services for healing, learning, modifying, and maintaining the elements of a healthy life. The key to this concept is evidence-based design, incorporating healing-focused elements to nurture and restore balance to the body, mind, and spirit. Located at: 820 Arlington Avenue, Petoskey.

Dialysis is a life-changing requirement. The restrictions of dialysis are considerably more tolerable with advanced technology and comfort options created especially for the patient. At the Everett Kircher Dialysis Area at the John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion and Dialysis Center, this life-saving procedure is state-of-the-art, safe, and comfortable.

  • Real-time documentation of treatment progress is sent to each patient's electronic medical record, providing access for patient healthcare professionals.
  • Central distribution of prescription solutions allows automated distribution for individual patients, improving water quality, eliminating the old manual water distribution, and safeguarding patients from potential water contamination.
  • Expansive treatment areas accommodate patients with increased privacy, ergonomic treatment chairs, and patient comfort equipment.
  • Large windows for natural lighting, calming bay views, a soothing palette of colors, and nature focused photography derived from evidence-based design create a healing environment.

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