UVA Health System and Centra Partner to Open Dialysis Centers in Farmville, Appomattox

Daily Progress | March 26, 2014
Excerpted from UVA Health System News | Eric Swenson

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., March 26, 2014 – In a significant step to enhance access and quality of care for Southside Virginia patients, University of Virginia Health System and Centra are teaming up to open new dialysis centers in Farmville and Appomattox.

Patients needing dialysis require three treatments a week to sustain their health. Access close to home is invaluable. The Centra and UVA partnership ensures individuals living with kidney disease will now benefit from the full continuum of care from diagnosis, treatment, transplant and ongoing management.

“This important partnership with Centra will help bring additional high-quality patient care services to Virginians throughout the region,” said R. Edward Howell, vice president and CEO of UVA Medical Center. “For decades, UVA and Centra have provided excellent care to patients in Central and Southside Virginia. The establishment of this partnership demonstrates the capacity of what two strong organizations can bring to the local community when they come together. Most importantly, the UVA-Centra team will now make it easier for patients to access the dialysis care they need close to home.”

“This collaboration with UVA gives us a unique opportunity to meet the needs of our community with the expertise and care of two successful and innovative systems like Centra and UVA,” said E.W. Tibbs, Jr. President and CEO of Centra. “Creating this partnership ensures patients have the best possible outcomes for their kidney disease and can receive care right here in their hometowns.”

The Farmville dialysis center is expected to open in late June, while the Appomattox center is planned to open in late summer. Both facilities will provide in-center dialysis treatment as well as training for home dialysis. Initial plans call for each location to employ the equivalent of 15 full-time employees.