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New Jonesboro dialysis clinic to open

Fresenius Medical Care Regional Vice President Cathy Hamilton, from left, poses with PCI Director of Business Development Jim Turner, PCI CEO Pedro Vergne-Morell, Leo Ovadje of Caritas Medical Center and Kirk Luczynski, director of operations at Fresenius Medical Care. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

Fresenius Medical Care Regional Vice President Cathy Hamilton, from left, poses with PCI Director of Business Development Jim Turner, PCI CEO Pedro Vergne-Morell, Leo Ovadje of Caritas Medical Center and Kirk Luczynski, director of operations at Fresenius Medical Care. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Fresenius Medical Care Regional Vice President Cathy Hamilton, from left, stands with PCI Director of Business Development Jim Turner, PCI CEO Pedro Vergne-Morell, Leo Ovadje of Caritas Medical Center and Kirk Luczynski, director of operations at Fresenius Medical Care. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

JONESBORO — The prevalence of kidney disease prompted medical officials with Fresenius Medical Care to add a dialysis clinic to its offerings in the Southern Crescent.

PCI-HealthDev, formerly Physicians’ Capital Investments, recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Fresenius Medical Care Renal Dialysis Clinic in Jonesboro. The clinic is the first local facility to be built in the seven-year long real estate and medical care partnership.

Officials said the facilities, at 8070 Summit Business Parkway just off Ga. 138, will be 7,900-square feet to accommodate up to 17 patients at one time.

Increasing needs for dialysis care and education prompted the build, said Cathy Hamilton, regional vice president at Fresenius.

Hamilton said there are existing clinics serving patients in the Southern Crescent region. Some 200 patients receive treatment from Fresenius in the Clayton and Henry area.

Kirk Luczynski is director of operations for Fresenius. He supports clinical operations at its Eagle’s Landing Parkway and Rock Quarry Road facilities in Henry.

Dr. Leo Ovadje, a kidney disease and hypertension specialist with Caritas Medical Center, is a provider at Fresenius on Upper Riverdale Road in Clayton. He will direct the new Summit Business Parkway clinic, which is expect to open by early next year.

Hamilton said the new clinic will create five professionals positions to outfit the facility with registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and patient care technicians.

Ovadje said the building will offer convenience to those patients living in northern parts of Clayton and Henry as well as an opportunity to provide education to patients and their friends and family about kidney disease and ways to combat it in early stages.