Dialysis Patient at MHLC
"Today millions of Americans are at risk for developing kidney disease; over 80,000 new patients start dialysis each year."
What does hemodialysis do exactly?
Like healthy kidneys, dialysis keeps your body healthy. Specifically, dialysis does the following:
- Removes waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in your blood.
- Keeps a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood.
- Helps to control blood pressure.
Hemodialysis: For patients with end-stage renal disease, Hemodialysis can be done right here, close to home, thanks to the Dialysis Services offered at Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County since Fall of 2005. Six hemodialysis stations are available for patients requiring dialysis treatment. It is a full service hospital-based Dialysis Unit with Dr. John E. Whalen as the Medical Director. The unit provides services Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. The Dialysis Unit is located on the Southeast side of Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County with dedicated parking for dialysis patients.
Skilled Staff: A skilled team of registered nurses and certified technicians provide care and education for the dialysis patients and their families. A registered pharmacist assists with medication preparation. A registered dietician will assess and individualize nutritional plans. Social services staff provides assistance for all aspects of healthcare or financial concerns.
Unit Director: Dana Ihler, RN, Director of the Dialysis Unit, trained at the Tri-State Dialysis in Dubuque, Iowa.
Medical Director: Dr. John E. Whalen is the Medical Director for the Dialysis Unit, along with his associate Dr. David Ringold. They participate in the care of the patient with end-stage renal disease and dialysis.
About John E. Whalen, M.D.:
Undergraduate Education: Loras College, Dubuque, IA 1969
Medical School: University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1973
Residency: University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1975
Fellowship: University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1978
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Nephrology