University Clinical Health and Satellite Healthcare have partnered up to help the Memphis African-American community’s growing need for dialysis services. The African-American demographic is disproportionately affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD). More than 26 million U.S. citizens suffer from CKD, and nearly 500,000 must undergo regular dialysis treatment for kidney failure. Tennessee is one of the top three states hit hardest by this disease. According to the Tennessee Kidney Foundation, the number of residents who need regular dialysis to stay alive surpasses 8,000.
“Our partnership marks a significant step forward in the delivery of innovative dialysis and kidney disease education services to the Memphis community,” University Clinical Health’s director of nephrology, Dr. Brad Canada, said in a news release. Canada works with Dr. Hieu Vo, who will oversee the Satellite Healthcare Chickasaw Gardens operations as medical director.
The other three centers include Satellite Healthcare Pace Road, Satellite Healthcare South Germantown, and Satellite Healthcare Poplar Avenue. Overall, Satellite Healthcare – the not-for-profit national leader and sixth largest provider of patient-center dialysis and kidney disease services – now operates more than 80 Satellite Dialysis and Satellite WellBound home centers nationwide, serving more than 7,000 patients.
“We have been so heartened by the warm response we’ve received since opening our first Memphis center four years ago and are pleased that we will now have the capabilities to provide holistic, patient-centered care to more Memphis residents living with chronic kidney disease,” Satellite Healthcare CEO Dave Carter said in a press release. “We’re looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership with University Clinical Health, a fellow not-for-profit organization that has achieved remarkable success in providing advanced medical care to the local community.”
The new center is at 2980 Poplar Ave. Everyone is invited to the free grand opening and kidney health resource fair from 4-7 p.m. March 24. For more information, call 901-531-8850 or email [email protected].