Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center has been at the center of kidney care in the North Country since the 1960s, when CHMC opened the first dialysis unit north of Syracuse. Building on this tradition of meeting needs where patients 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 dietitian, home-care coordinators, a 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 percent of CHMC patients are on home programs, well above the national average of 10 percent. 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.
By supporting the Renal Renaissance and our goal of $180,000, you enable the Agarwal Renal Center to invest in:
- More home dialysis machines to increase the number of patients experiencing the freedom and benefits of the home-care program.
- New nursing call system for improved efficiency.
- Patient power chairs for improved comfort and safety.
- Energy-efficiency improvements throughout the facility for maximum patient comfort and safety.