The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has approved Chadron Community Hospital’s request to expand its dialysis unit.
Dialysis Manager Tara Broberg, RN, says the approval for 3 stations and an isolation room will give Chadron Community 7 in-center stations for its state-of-the-art dialysis machines.
She also proudly points out that her unit is one of just a handful in the entire country to be given a perfect score for the care provided and the outcomes of the patients served.
Broberg says the additional stations will allow Community to continue to support surrounding communities and rural residents as well as those in Chadron, allowing them to get the critical care they need without traveling hundreds of miles.
She says the entire staff loves knowing that they can give dialysis patients peace of mind because care is readily available close to home.
When Chadron Community Hospital began its dialysis unit, the hospital was still in its original location and the unit was in a trailer.
Now it’s a key part of the new hospital with patients in reclining treatment chairs as they watch their individual monitors for television, movies, or music while getting support, conversation, education, and coping tools from the staff.