Members of the community, patients, families, donors and hospital staff gathered in the Brooks Memorial Hospital Dialysis Unit on April 19 to celebrate the renovated care unit.
With help from a grass roots community effort, the Dialysis Unit at the Dunkirk hospital recently completed a renovation and expansion project. The unit now features 14 dialysis stations which are utilized 6 days per week, providing care to a maximum of 84 Hemodialysis patients. Designed to provide the maximum in patient care and comfort, each dialysis station features a new Gambro Phoenix dialysis system, heated massage chair and flat screen TV. The bright, cheery care environment is a big hit with patients and the staff loves the efficient workflow design.
The Brooks Dialysis Renovation was made possible by donations from many community groups, individuals and organizations. Former dialysis patient Joe Russo spearheaded a Chair Fund effort which brought in over $20,000 for the purchase of the new heated massage chairs which grace each dialysis station. With help from the Care Center, a lead tournament sponsor, the John A. Behr Memorial Golf Tournament also provided $45,000 for new dialysis machines.
Present for the Brooks Dialysis Ribbon Cutting ceremony were (Front) Linda Russo, Dialysis Nurse Manager Carolyn Fafinski, Joe Russo and Dorothy Russo. (Back) Doug Fenton from the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce, Holly DeGolyer, Deborah Mastrelli, Deborah Patz, Cindy Hite-Wilson, Brian Dimmer, Tina Dimmer, and Jane Russo.