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Renal Center of Somervlle celebrates a decade of success - The Center

Sep 03, 2015

Somerville-Center_story-01.jpgWhat is the recipe for a prosperous clinic?  Combine a scoop of staff dedication, two scoops of patient loyalty, a cup of willingness to try new programs, a dash of growing leaders, mix with tons of water, and blend together with "hurricane force."  You now have the culinary masterpiece that is the Renal Center of Somerville.  The clinic celebrates its 10th anniversary this October due to the commitment of its staff and patients.

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After receiving its Medicare certification on October 13, 2005, Somerville was ready to show the New Jersey community the RV Difference.  Initially open only three days a week for its four patients, Somerville grew into a bustling hub open six days a week offering both in-center hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

However, there was a freight train barreling down on Somerville in August 2011 and its name was Irene.  Hurricane Irene was the seventh-costliest hurricane in US history and it knocked the dialysis facility out of commission for six months.  After repairs were completed, the facility opened again, but staff were unsure if patients would return.

Chief Operating Officer Pat Digiovanni recalls, "Digna Acevedo was the Clinic Coordinator at the time and led the clinic through the devastation of Hurricane Irene. Afterwards, the Somerville team had over 90% of patients return to the unit, as well as over 95% of staff return."

Somerville-Center_story-02.jpgCurrent Clinic Coordinator Marzena "Marta" Majchrzak-Sitarz was a charge nurse when Irene hit the clinic and worked hard to get it open again.  "The day we reopened was filled with emotions, happy tears and it felt like a family reunion," said Majchrzak-Sitarz.

Somerville was the first RVM facility to use Crit-Line monitors to measure changes in blood volume during hemodialysis.  Under the supervision of Acevedo, the fluid management program was extremely effective with a significant decrease in hospitalizations.

Also, in recognition of clinical achievement for patient outcomes, financial performance, and patient and employee satisfaction, Somerville received Renal Ventures' Pinnacle award in 2010, the highest award RVM can present to a clinic.  In subsequent years, Somerville has continued their standard of excellence for quality patient care and outcomes.

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