Construction of Dialysis Unit in Russell Underway

May 25, 2010

RUSSELL—Manitobans living with chronic kidney disease in the Russell area will soon receive treatment closer to home thanks to the construction of a new $4.9-million, six-station dialysis unit, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced at a groundbreaking ceremony here today.“Construction of this dialysis unit is part of our government’s commitment to expand renal health services in rural and northern Manitoba,” Oswald said. “This investment will help ensure that Manitobans with kidney disease have access to services and life-saving treatments closer to home.”

The state-of-the-art dialysis unit is being built adjacent to the Russell Health Centre and will be linked to the hospital by a corridor. This location will ensure better care for patients and greater efficiency by allowing the hospital to provide operational support, the minister said.

“People from this area have to drive four or more hours to and from Brandon for treatment several times a week which adds to the challenge of managing their illness,” said Assiniboine Regional Health Authority board chair, Dean Dietrich. “This dialysis unit will truly make a difference in their quality of life and we’re delighted that construction is officially underway.”

Construction is expected to be completed during the spring of 2011. The new facility will incorporate a number of green design elements to attain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver status. Particular attention is being paid to indoor environmental quality during design and construction, which will contribute to the unit being designated as a Power Smart facility, Oswald said.

“There are approximately 1,200 people across Manitoba that currently receive dialysis. Our program works closely with the RHAs in providing these services,” said Dr. Mauro Verrelli, medical director of the Manitoba Renal Program. “This partnership facilitates treatment closer home so that patients can remain in their communities where they are able to maintain their social connections and family supports which ultimately leads to better health outcomes.”

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