Pennock Health Announces New Dialysis Center for Barry County, Located in Hastings, Michigan

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Through the generous contribution of local donors, Larry and Earlene Baum, the Fresenuis Medical Center, and the continued community dedication of Pennock Health Services, patients receiving renal dialysis services will soon be able to get their care a lot closer to home. Pennock Health will construct a new 5,500 square foot Dialysis Center at 1230 W. State Street.

Through the generous contribution of local donors and the continued community dedication of Pennock Health Services, patients receiving renal dialysis services will soon be able to get their care a lot closer to home.

“Larry and Earlene Baum have stepped forward once again to support our community,” said Pennock Health Services Chief Executive Officer Sheryl Lewis Blake. “Within the first week of announcing our fundraising efforts for the dialysis center, they stepped forward and gave a very generous gift for the facility.”

The new dialysis center will be the first in Barry County. Pennock is collaborating with Fresenius Medical Care and the Baums to build the facility. Two new nephrologists, Dr. Peter Manring, and Dr. Joon Park, have joined the Pennock Medical Staff and will be supporting the center. Fresenius will staff and operate the Center.

The investment to bring dialysis to Hastings and Barry County will be just over $1 million, half of which Fresenius committed to investing. The Fresenius investment will pay for the dialysis equipment, leaving a half million-dollar investment to renovate the building into usable medical space.

“Pennock is a non-profit hospital,” said Janine Dalman, Pennock Foundation Executive Director. “When our Foundation Board met in January and discussed the scope of the project and our mission to provide for the health and well-being of the residents served by Pennock Health Services, we were prepared to launch a capital campaign to raise the funds. But thanks to the generosity of the Baums, we can focus on construction of the facility and getting these services to our patients sooner.”

The 5,500 square foot Center will be located behind the Home Care and Financial Services Department at 1230 W. State Street. The building will house dialysis and the current residents Pennock Home Care, Hospice, and Financial Services. Blake noted that site construction would begin this spring in April with project completion slated for fall of 2011.

Earlene Baum commented that “Over the years we have had family, friends, and employees who have had to deal with dialysis treatments and we know how difficult the travel and treatment have been for them and their families.

When we learned that Pennock’s plans included a dialysis center in Hastings, we know that we wanted to help make that happen sooner, rather than later, so that’s when we became involved. We feel it’s another step along the way in keeping Hastings the great community that it is.”

"The building will be renamed in honor of the Baums,” stated Dalman. “The Baums have demonstrated diversity in their understanding of Barry County, and have humbly met the needs in their community. They are committed to healthcare and the mission of the Pennock Foundation and we are thankful to be the recipient of such a wonderful gift.”

Blake noted the Pennock Board of Trustees, leadership and staff have spent the last two years investigating the need for dialysis in Barry County and working through the organization’s strategic plan.

“Although we knew there was a need, we did not know to what degree and were surprised to find the large number of patients within a 15 mile radius of the hospital,” said Blake.

Dr. Manring described the dialysis process saying, “Dialysis is used on patients whose kidneys have lost the capacity to clean their blood. The filtration process, known as dialysis, is a system that removes blood from a patient with kidney failure, purifies it with a hemodialyzer (artificial kidney), and returns it to the bloodstream.” Currently, there are 289 patients in the area receiving treatment for kidney-related diseases; 77 patients in the late stages kidney failure; and 42 patients receiving dialysis services. One hundred percent of these patients are currently receiving care outside Barry County.

“These patients travel an average of 45 minutes to the nearest dialysis center and receive dialysis treatment three to five hour in duration, three times per week,” said Blake. “Most patients are unable to drive themselves to treatment. Travel and time away from home are huge burdens for caregivers and families of the patients, not to mention the patients themselves. There is clearly a need for these services closer to home for our families.”

Pennock Health Services is Barry County's premier healthcare provider, featuring Pennock Hospital, an 88-bed, non-profit, Joint Commission-accredited facility providing personalized healthcare services with state-of-the-art technology to over 130,000 people per year. In the past five years, Pennock has been recognized with the coveted Solucient Top 100® Hospital Award, Governor’s Awards for Improving Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and the “101 Best and Brightest Places to Work” Award. Pennock offers a wide range of services, including a Family Birthing Center, MRI, Drive-Thru Pharmacy, a Health and Wellness Center, and senior independent living at Pennock Village. Pennock’s State Street Center is the convenient choice for Outpatient Laboratory and Radiology Services, Patient Accounts, Hospice, Homecare, Urgent Care, and Occupational Medicine. Pennock Health Services is your partner in personal, professional, and progressive care. For additional information, call the Pennock Physician Referral line at (269) 945-1PHY (1749), or visit us online at http://www.pennockhealth.com.

Attached Picture: Left to Right: Larry Baum, Earlene Baum, David Baum, Sheryl Lewis Blake CEO, Janine Dalman Executive Director Foundation

Attached Picture: Sketch Renderings for the new Pennock "Baum Center for Health" located at 1230 W. State Street.

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