Kidney care company partners with geriatric dialysis provider

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NxStage Medical Inc. announced its Kidney Care subsidiary is partnering with Dialyze Direct, a geriatric dialysis provider for SNF patients, in order to better support the needs of Ohio's skilled nursing facilities' population with end stage renal disease.

Dialyze Direct will be working with geriatric SNF patients by providing on-site dialysis using the NxStage System One.

Studies of SNF residents being treated on-site with more frequent hemodialysis have shown reductions in both mortality and hospitalizations, the company said. It also allows residents to maintain their quality of life by not having to miss meals or favorite activities.

"Our mission is to deliver innovative and compassionate dialysis care to geriatric patients in skilled nursing facilities and we realized we needed an alternative strategy to meet the growing demand for our services in certain states such as Ohio where we do not yet have an operating presence," said Henry Kauftheil, chairman of Dialyze Direct. "NxStage is an ideal partner to help us expand our footprint and bring our much-needed services to SNF patients."