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About Our Renal Care Center

Located on the 7th floor of Flagler Hospital, the Renal Care Unit was established to provide specialized medical care to our renal patients. This specialty unit ensures that support, guidance and education are available for both patients and families so that the best clinical outcomes and ongoing quality of life can be achieved.

What is Renal Medicine?

Renal Medicine, also known as Nephrology, deals with the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases, including chronic kidney disease (CKD). While some patients may have been admitted to Flagler for a different or associated diagnosis, we understand that treating kidney conditions in tandem with other ailments is key to achieving optimum outcomes.

Specialized, Compassionate, Interdisciplinary Care

Our renal care nurses function as coordinators of patient care - collaborating with your physician, other care providers and health team members to provide you the best, most effective care possible.

Dialysis, combined with specialized dietary care and other treatments indicated by your physician, are key components to your stay in the renal care unit. Dialysis is a process that does the work of healthy kidneys when you have kidney failure. Flagler Hospital provides both of the two basic types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.Hemodialysis uses a man-made membrane called a dialyzer to clean your blood. You are connected to the dialyzer by tubes attached to your blood vessels. Before hemodialysis treatments can begin, your doctor creates a site where blood can flow in and out of your body. This is called the dialysis access. Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of your abdomen, which is called the peritoneal membrane, to filter your blood. Before you can begin peritoneal dialysis, your doctor will need to place a catheter in your belly for the dialysis access.

Generally, your nephrologist helps determine which treatment is best for you.


We are Here to Help

Flagler Hospital is pleased to offer this Free Kidney Education Class for patients, spouses/caretakers, or those interested in learning how to prevent and/or manage kidney disease. Classes are held monthly at various times. Click here to register or call 904-819-4059. Click here for more information and for a schedule of classes.

In addition to providing you with the best possible inpatient care, we want to assist you in ensuring long-term success after your discharge from the hospital. While at the hospital, please speak with us about any guidance you might need, including:

- Admission to an outpatient dialysis clinic - Transportation for outpatient dialysis - Dietary information for renal conditions - Obtaining needed medical equipment - Short-term rehab placement - Set up for home health services - Referrals to community resources

For more information, contact : Jim Hawkins, RN, MSN, MBA-H, Director Renal Care Unit at (904) 819-7066.