ANDERSON — Because a growing number of Anderson and Madison County residents are afflicted with chronic kidney failure, U.S. Renal Care has closed its Daleville dialysis center and moved to a new, state-of-the-art facility here.

The new 7,500-square-foot center opened quietly in December, but U.S. Renal Care executives delayed the official opening until Thursday. The new clinic is located at 2220 E. 59th St.

"The demand for dialysis services has grown across the country due in part to an aging population who often experience a higher rate of kidney-related diseases," U.S. Renal Medical Director Regi Joseph said in a news release. "Diabetes is one of the leading causes of kidney failure and has dramatically increased in the United States."

The National Institutes of Health estimates more than 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 20 suffers from diabetes.

Another leading contributor to kidney disease is hypertension, or high blood pressure, said Ann Wilcoxon, a registered nurse at the new Anderson dialysis center.

Dialysis is the process of removing excess water and toxins from the blood in people whose kidneys can no longer perform these functions naturally.

"The need for dialysis treatments continues to rise in this region and U.S. Renal Care is committed to ensuring that every patient in need of care has access to quality, compassionate care close to home," Joseph said. Until U.S. Renal opened, there was only one dialysis center in Anderson.

Depending upon their medical diagnosis, patients frequently have to spend up to four hours per day, three days a week connected to dialysis machines, which is why a clean, inviting facility and friendly caring staff of health professionals is important, said Jamie Shea, administrator of the new center.

"We want to make sure patients are comfortable and receive the highest quality of care when being treated at a USFC clinic," she said. "Our focus is always on care and safety and our state-of-the-art facility provides the perfect setting for our patient-centric approach."

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