Dialysis unit reopens in temporary space

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The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reopened its dialysis unit in a temporary space after a flood forced patients to receive treatment off-Island.

The unit officially reopened last Friday, and patients were happy to once again receive treatment on-Island.

“The patients are excited to be back home, so happy. They seem appreciative also about the efforts made to keep their treatments moving along even with the unforeseen circumstances,” hospital spokesman Katrina Delgadillo told The Times.

The unit is currently in a temporary space until repairs at the original space are complete, which should be done in the next two to three weeks. Aside from the temporary space, Delgadillo said it is business as usual in the unit, which is open Mondays through Saturdays 5:30 am to 6 pm.

The hospital received a helping hand from the Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) and the Steamship Authority (SSA), with both firms making accommodations for patients to get on the ferries and receive transportation. Patients, accompanied by two nurses, traveled to Mashpee for treatment at Fresenius Kidney Care.

We are beyond thankful and grateful for the support, patience, and cooperation we have received from the VTA and SSA. It truly takes a village, or in this case a community of Islanders, to provide life-sustaining services back to our dear patients,” Delgadillo said.

The hospital’s president and CEO Denise Schepici thanked dialysis unit staff for their efforts. “We cannot thank the caring team of our dialysis unit enough for keeping our patients and their continuity of care as their No. 1 priority. We’d also like to welcome our patients back to our facility, and hopefully they will be comfortable in the new space,” she said.