Mindanao's third dialysis center opens in Davao City

February 2, 2010 12:45 pm 

DAVAO CITY, Feb. 2 — A dialysis center open to all patients of Davao and its neighboring areas started servicing patients with kidney disorders at the Nephrology Center of St. Alexius (NCSA) at Mc Arthur Highway, Matina, Davao City.

NCSA medical director Dr. Franklin B. Guillano said it is an open dialysis center and kidney specialty clinic where all kidney doctors of Davao City can access to its facilities.

Guillano said the opening of the new center is their commitment to deliver top of the line with sophisticated and complete series of facilities for persons with kidney disorders as it is equipped with services from management, diagnosis and prevention of the disease.

"We want to deliver quality service to our patients yet offers affordable fees even as he said that it is both a big step and leap to care for kidney patients in Davao City and from other regions," he said.

Along with the dialysis center is the Skin Clinic that offers wellness services and the different sophisticated treatment and care of the skin under the auspices of Dr. Victoria Guillano, the only dermapathologist/dermathologist in Mindanao.

Guillano said her services cover all kinds of treatment of the skin, hair and nails.

Meanwhile, Trinidad F. Ola, NCSA administrator, said there are 10 dialysis machines at the center and it can accommodate three treatments per machine per day of at least 30 patients in a day or 180 treatments per week.

She said with the lowering of fees to P800 per session for PhilHealth patients, they welcome the move of the government health insurance as this would allow more patients to avail of dialysis treatment.

Before, charges would cost about P2,500 and this is quite high especially for poor patients although she said they went as low as P500 but "we are at losing end with this and it's good that PhilHealth made some changes already," she said.

Ola noted that their cases are increasing and she attributed this to the fact the fees are now lowered thus, many patients already can afford it.

She said by the second quarter this year, their old facility will also be transferred to a new location along J. P. Laurel Avenue and this will have 15 dialysis machines.

The NCSA is owned and operated by Nephro Group of Dialysis Centers and Guivicton, Inc.

The Nephro Group has 10 owned and operated centers where two are located in Davao City and one in Butuan City while four are on joint ventures.

It is a service-oriented company and it upholds standard of excellence in providing hemodialysis treatment as it adheres to both the United States and Philippine standards.

Most of supplies and equipment are direct imports from the US and are accredited by Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Health Maintenance Organizations and private corporations. (PNA)

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