A Virginia operator has added a full-service program for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) to its care offerings.

Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare, a 190-bed facility located in Richmond, is integrating the specialized service line into its post-hospital, short-term rehabilitation and long-term residential programs, according to Marquis Health Consulting Services.

The main objective of the CKD program is to preserve residents’ remaining kidney function and prevent further decline, according to Canterbury. “When caught early it is possible to slow, stop or even reverse CKD depending on the cause,” the provider states on its website.

Medical director Sajid Naveed, M.D., MRCP, will train staff and oversee program protocols to “reduce symptoms, decrease disability, increase quality of life and promote independence,” in patients with CKD and related diseases, Marquis reported. 

Among other services and therapies, the CKD program will provide diabetes management, health coaching and dietary education, a full-time respiratory therapist, clinician rounding for pulmonary conditions, and routine medical management of associated co-morbidities. Patients and their families will consult with Naveed and other board-certified specialists.  

Canterbury plans to add on-site hemodialysis in the near future.

“Dr. Naveed is working closely with the facility’s dedicated care team, focusing on the often-complex needs of those with chronic kidney disease to ensure the best possible outcome for each patient,” said Nikki Gachot, Marquis’ regional director of market development.