Dialysis center moves to new quarters

The University’s Chromalloy American Kidney Center recently moved to newly renovated and expanded ground-floor space in the former location of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital South Emergency Department.

The center was located in the lower level of Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Dialysis has new location
Nurse Sharon Eskridge administers dialysis to Katherine Dupree at the newly renovated and expanded Chromalloy American Kidney Center at the School of Medicine. – Photo by Bob Boston

The Chromalloy American Kidney Center is owned and operated by the School of Medicine and is the largest kidney dialysis center in the St. Louis region. It is also the largest of five dialysis units in the St. Louis area that are staffed by the University’s renal division, and it is a major base for the teaching and research activities of the division.

“This move offers patients with end-stage kidney disease in the St. Louis area a state-of-the-art dialysis facility,” said Marc R. Hammerman, M.D., the Chromalloy Professor of Renal Diseases in Medicine and director of the renal division.

At the new location, dialysis patients can be dropped off at the door and will experience brighter, more comfortable surroundings during treatment. The new center also offers 32 dialysis stations, compared to 27 at the former location, and expects to perform almost 30,000 dialysis treatments each year. The staff includes physicians, nurses, dietitians and social workers.

“The Chromalloy American Kidney Center is more than just a dialysis unit,” Hammerman said. “It supports the full spectrum of activities required to deliver world-class care to individuals with renal failure.”

In addition, the center helps educate and train medical students, interns, residents and postdoctoral fellows. It has also played a long-standing and leading national and international role in kidney-disease research.