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Senator Jones visits kidney patients at dialysis center

Shown, (from left) Frances Rodriguez, registered dietitian, Krystal Salcedo, clinical coordinator, Brian Jones, State Senator, 38th District, Jordan Gershman, director advocacy and community outreach and Adriana Andres-Paulson, social worker.

DaVita Escondido Dialysis Center in Escondido hosted 38th District State Senator Brian Jones on March 22 for a meet-and-greet with patients and caregivers to talk about health care and support needs for those suffering from end stage renal disease (ESRD.)

Patients on dialysis are one of the sickest and most vulnerable patient populations in the health care system. They often suffer from other chronic conditions such as diabetes or hypertension. Their complex care needs can make it difficult for patients to manage their health and various care plans.

“I appreciated the opportunity to speak directly with patients and the DaVita care team to deepen my understanding of the challenges patients face,” said Jones. “It’s critically important that patients have regular access to dialysis treatments. Without this treatment three times a week for three or four hours at a time, they will die. That’s why I’m committed to protecting access to dialysis.”

“We were thrilled that state senator Brian Jones visited our clinic and learned more about the excellent care we provide to our patients and the positive and enriching work environment for our teammates,” said Matt Luke, regional operations director for DaVita. “Our commitment to our patients and to providing high-quality care in a nurturing environment is our top priority.”

There are more than 70,000 dialysis patients in California. DaVita provides dialysis treatments and patient care to nearly 35,000 of those patients at more than 310 centers across the state, employing nearly 7,500 Californians.

Kidneys are the body’s filtration system, removing waste and extra fluid while balancing chemicals that are necessary to kidney function. Individuals with kidney disease lose the ability to effectively remove waste from the body. If chronic kidney disease (CKD) progresses to ESRD, a kidney transplant or some form of dialysis is vital for survival.

 Today, there are over 26 million American adults who are living with CKD, which, untreated, can ultimately progress to kidney failure. Currently, more than 600,000 Americans suffer from ESRD and need a kidney transplant or some form of dialysis to sustain life. 

DaVita Escondido Dialysis Center serves San Diego County. For more information, call (760) 743-4401 or visit the center at 203 E 2nd Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025.

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