Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center has been at the center of kidney care in the North Country since the 1960's, when CHMC opened the first dialysis unit north of Syracuse. Building on this tradition of meeting patient needs where they need them met, the Dr. Ravinder N. Agarwal Renal Center opened in 1998. The $2.2 million, 24-station unit was the first facility dedicated to dialysis treatment in St. Lawrence County. Supported by over $1.2 million in contributions from our local community and a generous naming gift from Dr. Ravinder N. Agarwal, former Chief Medical Officer and long-standing physician at CHMC, this Center changed the scope of kidney care in the region.
Today, the Agarwal Renal Center is dedicated to providing the very best in patient-centered kidney care. With personalized treatment plans, caring professionals, and a strong support network, the Center is recognized for its exemplary patient care. Their unique care team includes two full-time nephrology-trained physicians (Dr. Michael Seidman and Dr. Mansavi Jaitly), a social worker, a dietician, homecare coordinators, nurse manager, and a clinical coordinator, all focused on the best possible treatment outcome.
The future for many patients will be home dialysis care, a training and treatment program being championed at the Agarwal Renal Center. Over 25% of CHMC patients are on home programs, well above the national average of 10%. This focus on home dialysis gives patients more freedom to live normally, with less time spent in transit to and from the Renal Center. With future plans for telehealth options, more and more renal patients will experience a level of freedom and control over their care not possible in the past.