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Dialysis center looking to build in South Congaree

South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) – A dialysis center is looking to build a new facility in South Congaree. They are in the preliminary stages of the development process near the intersection of Ramblin Road and Oak Street just to one side of the Advanced Auto parts store. For years, this property was home to a laundromat and later a small church.

According to Mayor Danny Jones, the company is already in the process of seeking the approval of the town’s government. Before any development can begin, multiple factors must be checked. This includes zoning, setbacks, and several other factors that ensure that the new building meets the codes and ordinances as set forth by the town’s government over the years.

Jones said that no permits had been issued as of yet, but he didn’t foresee any problems that would hold up this type of development. Most community dialysis centers are about the size of a large home and have rooms and common areas where patients can relax as they go through the lifesaving process. They also have moderate sized staffs that contribute to the community through spending in the town’s already established businesses.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, people need dialysis when they develop end stage kidney failure. This is about the time that they have lost 85 to 90 percent of their kidney function. Dialysis helps a person’s body chemistry stay in balance. When your kidneys fail, dialysis removes waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body. Keeping a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate helps to control things like blood pressure.

Chronic kidney disease is expected to continue to rise in the US in the future causing a need for additional dialysis centers across the country. Many factors contribute to this; however, one key factor is the epidemic rate at which diabetes is growing. Diabetes can severely damage a body’s kidneys, eyes, heart, and other key parts such as the extremities.

In an article published recently by the University of Michigan’s School of Medicine, aging and the growth of the overweight population in America has contributed greatly to end-stage and chronic kidney disease which are growing public health issues.In the case of both of these diseases,! I'm dialysis is needed in order to keep the patient alive.

The town of Gaston is already home to a small dialysis center on its Main Street. Ironically, that center is also near the Advanced Auto Parts and a Food Lion. It is owned and operated by Davita. According to their website, DaVita Kidney Care operates or provides services at 2,382 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 189,400 patients.

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