Flagler Hospital Introduces Dedicated Renal Care Unit
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – March 18, 2013 – Flagler Hospital hosted a ribbon cutting on March 14th to introduce its dedicated Renal Care Unit, which was designed to provide an optimum environment for the specialized medical care of renal patients.
"Caring for patients with kidney disease is not just about delivering treatment, it is about ensuring all the elements of a complex care plan are carried out across many disciplines, both in the hospital and at home," commented Flagler Hospital President & CEO, Joe Gordy. "Our program offers support, guidance and education for both patients and families, so the best clinical outcomes and ongoing quality of life can be achieved."
Nephrologist, Amir Malik MD, FACP, FASN was a physician champion for the project and also emphasized the need for a dedicated and multi-faceted approach to delivering medical care, support and information to renal patients and their families.
Renal Medicine, also known as Nephrology, deals with the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases. While some patients may be admitted to Flagler for a different or associated diagnosis, placing them in the renal unit and treating kidney conditions in tandem with other ailments is key to achieving optimum outcomes.
Flagler Hospital offers 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. To register, call 904-819-4059 or visit www.flaglerhospital.org and find renal care under the medical services tab.
About Flagler Hospital
Flagler Hospital is a 335 bed, acute care hospital that has been ranked among the top 5% of all hospitals in the nation for both clinical excellence and patient safety for the past seven consecutive years. The hospital has operated as a not-for-profit healthcare institution in St. Augustine, Florida since its founding in 1889. The hospital has earned accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Care Centers, national accreditation for its total hip and total knee replacement programs, and Center of Excellence Designation for its Bariatric Surgery Center. For more information, log on to www.flaglerhospital.org
From left to right
Jim Hawkins, Director, Renal Care Unit
Elizabeth Holland, Patient Care Technician
Sheena Haggerty, RN Charge Nurse
Ruth Green, RN Charge Nurse
Stella Case, Patient Care Technician
Amir Malik, MD, Nephrologist
Joe Gordy, Flagler Hospital President & CEO