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Garnet Health Medical Center, formerly Orange Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce that it has enhanced inpatient dialysis services with its own specially-trained staff. 

“Enhancing our dialysis program for hospitalized patients is an important step,” said Nurse Director of Hemodialysis Christina Caravello. “Dedicated and specialized staff allows us to enhance quality of care for our inpatients.” 

Dialysis is a treatment that does the work of healthy kidneys when the kidneys have stopped functioning properly, and is typically recommended for people with advanced kidney disease.

Garnet Health Medical Center offers inpatient dialysis in a dedicated 5-bed treatment area located on its third floor. Treatment is also provided directly at the patient’s bedside in the critical care environment when appropriate.

Certified dialysis technicians and qualified dialysis registered nurses provide dialysis treatments to hospitalized patients from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. A dialysis registered nurse is always on call seven days a week, 24 hours a day for dialysis treatment outside of normal operating hours.

Prior to this transition, Garnet Health Medical Center maintained a contract with a third party kidney care provider. 

What you should know about dialysis treatment 

Dialysis keeps the body in balance when the kidneys no longer can. The main functions of dialysis are to:

  • Remove excess waste, salt and water from the body to prevent unhealthy buildup
  • Keep certain chemicals such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate at safe levels in the blood
  • Help control blood pressure
  • Life expectancy on dialysis can vary depending on other medical conditions. Many patients live well on dialysis for 20 or 30 years.
  • Many patients live normal lives while on dialysis and often feel better after treatment because dialysis helps reduce issues caused by kidney failure.

For more information about dialysis services in the intensive care unit at Garnet Health Medical Center, visit garnethealth.org/intensivecare

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Garnet Health Medical Center features seven floors of state-of-the-art technology and provides 383 beds and employs approximately 3,300 healthcare professionals.

In addition to inpatient services, highlights of Garnet Health Medical Center include a cancer center and a five-story outpatient services building on the main campus, featuring Garnet Health Doctors with primary care and specialty physicians, urgent care, outpatient surgical and diagnostic services and more. Garnet Health Medical Center was named by Healthgrades as one of the 100 best hospitals nationally for cardiac intervention and General Surgery and was a recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™. Garnet Health Medical Center also achieved the Healthgrades 2019, 2020 and 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™ placing the hospital in the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance. It is a designated Magnet hospital recognizing excellence in Nursing; a recipient of the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite; and its Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system has achieved Stage 7 which is the highest level on HIMSS Analytics’ EMR adoption model. Garnet Health Medical Center is an Academic Affiliate of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. It is also a member of Garnet Health, the corporate parent of Garnet Health Medical Center, Garnet Health – Catskills, Garnet Health Doctors, Garnet Health Urgent Care, Garnet Health Medical Center Foundation and Garnet Health – Catskills Foundation. Garnet Health is recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies. 

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