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|WGIL FIRST LOOK: New Home for Local Kidney Dialysis Center -- STORY AND PHOTOS HERE
|FIRST REPORTED 3:00pm 10/9/09 What's described as a joint project between one of Galesburg's two hospitals and a local doctor will officially be in a new home Monday morning.
Officials with Galesburg Cottage Hospital and Doctor Parthasarathy Srinivasan cut the ribbon Thursday on the new home for the Western Illinois Kidney Center. It will be on the first floor of the Kellogg Professional Building next door to the hospital, moving from its longtime home on the fourth floor.
Srinivasan, known to most folks as "Doctor Srini," tells WGIL the reason to move to the ground floor for patients needing their three-times a week kidney dialysis was simple.
"Being on the fourth floor, it's difficult for the patients to go up stairs," Srinivasan said. "A lot of patients had voiced concerns, so we wanted to listen to the patients; make it easier for the patients, so we have it on the ground level. It's easier for the patients to go and get out of the car. These are patients who are not healthy ones, where it is difficult for them to walk."
The new 6,500 square foot Western Illinois Kidney Center, Srinivasan says, has state of the art dialysis technology, and even more room than their 20-year home on the fourth floor.
The project cost Cottage Hospital about a year of time between development and building, and $1,000,000 n cash. Hospital officials say the project, using local labor, was on time and under budget.
A public open house is being held Sunday afternoon.
(Dr. Parthasarathy Srinivasan, left, and Galesburg Cottage Hospital CEO Ken Hutchenrider, right, cut the ribbon Thursday on the new Western Illinois Kidney Center at Cottage's Kellogg Professional Building.)
Other photos from Thursday's ribbon-cutting and open house:
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|10 09 09 by Newsroom
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