Spencer Hospital Opens New Dialysis Center
on Friday, July 20, 2018
Spencer Hospital’s new dialysis center is now providing healthcare services to patients, officially starting treatment at the new location on Wednesday morning, July 18.
“Our Spencer dialysis patients received their care at the Spencer Hospital location on Monday and once the final patient left our hospital based facility, we completed our moving process on Tuesday so we could welcome patients to our new center for care early Wednesday morning,” explained Danette Forbes, director of the Spencer and Spirit Lake locations for dialysis services.
The newly renovated facility, located at 1721 West 18th Street, was designed to meet the growing demand for services and to provide more convenient access to care.
“Our patients and healthcare team are so excited to be in our new facility,” Forbes said. “The spacious area was designed with comfort and functionality in mind to best meet our patients’ needs.”
In 1994, Spencer Hospital opened the original Milton & Ethel Warner Dialysis Unit on Spencer Hospital’s third floor. The number of patients served by Spencer Hospital dialysis services has continued to increase over the years, prompting the need for growth.
In 2002 the hospital opened a second Warner Dialysis Center located in Spirit Lake to better accommodate people who had been traveling from the northern tier counties of Iowa. Also, the original dialysis center within the hospital was remodeled to accommodate more dialysis treatment stations. Yet, the number of patients needing care has continued to grow, resulting in the renovation of the former Iowa Eye Care Center on West 18th Street into a spacious, easily accessible dialysis facility.
Both the Spencer and Spirit Lake locations are named after Milt and Ethel Warner. The Warners were longtime Spencer residents and community leaders who made a generous donation to the Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation to support offering dialysis services locally.