Waipahu Clinic Has Cure For What Ails Dialysis Patients

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - February 18, 2009
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Liberty Dialysis-Hawaii’s new Waipahu staff (from left) Marvin Acoba, Conrad Ancheta, Elnora Cachola, Roberta Lovely, Emilyn Ramones, Maribel Samson, Marlene Kawasaki, Eva Enriquez, Corazon Rulloda, Judy Canlas and Karen Yoneshige. Photo by Nathalie Walker, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Liberty Dialysis-Hawaii recently opened a new clinic in Waipahu to accommodate its area patients six days a week.

“Our CEO believes our patients spend so much time in the clinics so it should be a pleasant experience,” explained Laura Colbert, director of operations.

Patients with kidney failure need dialysis to rid their blood of waste products normally filtered by kidneys. They usually have treatments three days a week, three to five hours at a time.

The 9,500-square-foot facility has 24 stations and amenities such as heated reclining chairs, flat-screen TV sets, individual DVD players and wireless Internet access.

“We knew we needed to expand three years ago,” Colbert added. “We were thinking of expanding our current location in Ewa Beach. When we looked at the population, a lot of them were in the Waipahu area.”

A dedication for the clinic was held Feb. 8, when the community had the chance to see the facility. With about 18 people on staff, the clinic had a soft-opening in mid-November with about 12 patients being treated. Colbert noted that once they get their certification in March, they will open up to more patients.

Liberty Dialysis-Hawaii is located at 94-450 Mokuola St, Suite 109, and it’s open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday. All inquiries should be made to the admissions office by calling 585-4632.

Liberty operates a total of 15 clinics statewide, including Leeward Dialysis, Pearlridge Dialysis and Kapolei Dialysis.

About 200,000 people in Hawaii have undiagnosed chronic renal failure, according to the National Kidney Foundation statistics.

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