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Fredericktown dialysis center closes

Farmington’s two dialysis centers will be seeing several new patients from Madison County now that the Renal Advantage, Inc. (RAI) Care Center in Fredericktown has closed its doors. Farmington is now the nearest source of dialysis treatments for Madison County residents.

Farmington RAI Care Center Manager Kathy Panopoulos said the Fredericktown care center had been open since around 2007 and at its busiest saw at least 18 patients a week. At the time of closing, the Center in Fredericktown was providing nine area patients with their weekly dialysis treatments.

Panopoulos said the majority of the patients who received their treatments at the care center in Fredericktown are now receiving those treatments at the RAI Care Center in Farmington. She also said the Farmington facility is having no difficulty accommodating the Madison County patients.

“We have space for them,” Panopoulos said. “With no problems at all.”

Madison Medical Center (MMC) Administrator Lisa Twidwell said it’s unfortunate for the center to be leaving the area.

“It’s really sad for our community,” said Twidwell. “I hate to see it go. But it’s nice that there’s another option 20 minutes up the road.”

Twidwell said the center provided a convenient location for in-patients at MMC and also for nursing home residents who require regular dialysis, many two to three times per week. She said the challenge now will be for Madison County residents to secure transportation to and from Farmington for their dialysis treatments if they do not have access to their own. She said Southeast Missouri Transportation Service can assist with that challenge.

RAI is owned by Fresenius Medical Care, a company based in Germany with a North American headquarters in Massachusetts. Calls to the company were not immediately returned.

The RAI Care Center in Fredericktown has closed after nearly a decade of providing dialysis treatment for Madison County residents.

The RAI Care Center in Fredericktown has closed after nearly a decade of providing dialysis treatment for Madison County residents.

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