Improving dialysis care access for Six Nations, Brant, Haldimand & Norfolk
McGuinty Government Strengthening Health Care For All Ontarians
People from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk Counties will soon have improved access to dialysis treatments.
The province is investing $1.6 million in funding in a 12-station dialysis satellite program at the White Pines Wellness Centre. This is part of the St. Joseph's Health Care Hamilton Chronic Kidney Disease Regional Program.
The funding will be applied toward the establishment of a satellite clinic area that will house a 12-station dialysis satellite program. The program will open six dialysis treatment stations, followed by up to six additional stations by 2013-2014. The satellite dialysis program will be a joint partnership between the Chronic Kidney Disease Regional Program of the St. Joseph's Health Care Hamilton and the Six Nations of the Grand River.
- The White Pines Wellness Centre is a 29,695 square foot one-stop health centre which opened officially in September 2007.
- The satellite program will provide hemodialysis – a process in which waste and excess body fluid associated with renal failure is filtered out through the blood.
- The dialysis facility will begin by operating six stations at two shifts per day, with a capacity of approximately 24 patients, increasing to 12 stations with a capacity of 48 patients in 2013-2014.
“Our government is working hard to ensure quality healthcare and improved access to vital programs and services. This new dialysis satellite program will allow the people of Six Nations, Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk counties to share in this lifesaving treatment.”
“It has been the result of a concerted effort of the Six Nations community, Six Nations Health Department, Six Nations Health Committee, Six Nations Council, the Chronic Kidney Disease Regional Program of St. Joseph’s Health Care Hamilton, and the Government of Ontario. This occurs when grassroots people identify the needs and their voices are heard by governing bodies.”
“The six new dialysis treatment stations at the White Pines Wellness Centre is a vital investment that will help save lives.”