New HRMC dialysis site serves first patients

Photo courtesy HRMC Dialysis patients Po Dee (left), and Joel Fischer utilize individual entertainment systems in the newly renovated and expanded dialysis unit while they undergo treatment.

HURON — A landmark occasion took place on June 30, when the new and expanded Huron Regional Medical Center (HRMC) dialysis unit treated to its first patients.

The new 12-chair unit features a single-level entrance, sophisticated water system, dedicated entertainment stations for each patient, windows providing natural light and isolation rooms to be used in the event of illness.

The eight-month long renovation began in November 2022 when the HRMC board of directors made the determination to complete the $2.45 million project to expand local access to dialysis. The decision to expand was a result of an aging water system and ongoing challenges to meet the need for dialysis in the community.

Joel Fischer, who undergoes dialysis treatment three times per week at HRMC, knows firsthand the benefit of the expansion and upgrade as he was required to travel out of town for the service for a period of time, “Situations like that really make you appreciate having dialysis available here in Huron.”

Fischer, who was among the first patients to receive treatment in the new dialysis unit, noted the ease of walking into the new, one-level unit and the measures taken to ensure comfort while undergoing treatment. While he mentioned a fondness for the memories in the previous unit, he is appreciative to begin this new chapter with the group of patients and dialysis staff with which he has developed camaraderie. “I’ve lived in this community my whole life. If I have one thing to say, it’s thank you to the many people who have supported this project.”

To support the availability of this vital service, a special capital campaign committee of the HRMC Foundation has committed to raise $1.2 million to support the project. To date, just over $500,00 has been raised, with the campaign set to end in September.

If you have questions about dialysis services, please call Jennifer Jungemann, HRMC director of dialysis at 605-353-6308. If you are interested in supporting the HRMC Foundation’s dialysis endowment or capital campaign, please contact Levi Kary, HRMC Foundation executive director at 605-353-6319 or [email protected].