George Hart, MD
A comprehensive approach focused on quality
A comprehensive approach to End Stage Renal Disease care with a focus on quality along the continuum of services is the core of our renal program.
Our program specializes in the care of patients with acute and chronic renal disease. At Carolinas Medical Center, we treat adult patients in our adult inpatient dialysis unit and also have a highly respected renal transplant program for adult and pediatric patients.
Levine Children's Hospital, adjacent to CMC, provides specialized care for pediatric patients including a pediatric dialysis program to round out the scope of our services.
Each year, our experienced nursing staff serves more than 1,300 End Stage Renal Disease patients and their families. Our Kidney Dialysis Unit exceeds more than 7,500 inpatient hemodialysis treatments in a calendar year. In addition to daily slow dialysis treatments for critically ill patients, our skilled nurses run two full dialysis shifts daily in our 10th floor Kidney Dialysis Unit.
Accredited by the Joint Commission
In 2008, this experience and commitment to providing quality care for all our patients received national recognition as CMC's adult hemodialysis program became the first inpatient renal program to be certified by the Joint Commission as a Disease Specific Center of Excellence.
For patients and their families, Joint Commission certification gives you increased confidence in the care provided because you know the organization continually works to provide the highest quality services, is periodically evaluated by The Joint Commission for compliance with standards and attracts the highest qualified healthcare professionals.
Levine Children's Hospital's Nephrology program was recognized in 2009 for its treatment of Pediatric Kidney Disorders in U.S. News & World Report's annual America's Best Children's Hospitals issue.
Among the services provided are inpatient and outpatient pediatric dialysis including hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis for patients ranging in age from birth to 18 years.
Together, the renal program provides effective communication and management of End Stage Renal Disease by delivering an interdisciplinary approach, coordination and excellent oversight of medical services.
The ESRD team includes primary and renal physicians, nurses, pharmacist, dialysis personnel, nutritionist, social workers, psychologist and Pastoral Care members. The patient is valued as the primary member of our healthcare team.
Specific objectives of the End Stage Renal Disease Program include, but are not limited to:
- Establishing and maintaining clinically competent practitioners
- Providing evidence based care
- Providing patient, family education on End Stage Renal Disease self-management
- Identifying and provide a specialized renal team multidisciplinary approach to each ESRD patients plan of care
- Raising community awareness by providing in hospital and community education on ESRD issues
- Supporting our ESRD patients and families through a monthly support group.
Learn more about End Stage Renal Disease in our New Patient Education Manual (PDF).
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