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Maria Parham Healthbeat A publication of Maria Parham Medical Center and The Daily Dispatch July 20, 2011 MPMC opens inpatient dialysis unit Inside the Breast MRI Control Room during operation of the machine. Maria Parham Medical Center offers the region’s only Breast MRI! Maria Parham’s new Inpatient Dialysis Unit recently opened and is the first and only such unit in the region. Tariq Abo-Kamil, MD (at left) with Maria Parham Nephrology & Hypertension attends to dialysis patient James Hope during his treatment. Dr. Abo-Kamil is also the Medical Director of the Inpatient Dialysis Unit. Hope was one of three patients who avoided being transferred to Durham or Raleigh in order to have his inpatient dialysis. Nikki McKnight, RN, BSN Dialysis Unit Manager, looks on. On May 2, Maria Parham Medical Center opened the doors to its new Acute Care Dialysis Unit. The Dialysis Unit will allow patients in our region to stay closer to home when they need admission to a hospital for care. Previously, dialysis inpatients had to be transferred to hospitals, typically to Durham or Wake County. Maria Parham’s Acute Care Dialysis Unit has the capability of going to patients in their room if they are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). Patients on the other nursing units will typically be dialyzed in the Dialysis Unit located on the third floor. The unit is staffed by two spe- cially trained registered nurses. The Dialysis team is made up of Nikki McKnight, RN, BSN - Unit Manager; Barbara Espinosa, RN; and Tariq Abo-Kamil, MD. Dr. Abo-Kamil is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and specializes in diseases of the kidneys as well as hypertension. Any patient requiring inpatient dialysis will be referred to Dr. AboKamil and he will consult with the patient’s admitting physician to create a plan of care. Dr. Abo-Kamil is also available for follow-up with the patient as needed after the patient leaves the hospital and he can see new patients in his office in the J.W. Jenkins Building. Vice-President of Patient Care at Maria Parham Cindy Faulkner states, “Maria Parham is very pleased to now offer inpatient dialysis for the patients of our community. Thanks to an arrangement with DaVita, our local outpatient dialysis provider, we have two highly qualified Registered Nurses who provided the highest quality care to our patients needing inpatient dialysis treatment.” The Acute Care Dialysis Unit can provide dialysis care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The unit currently provides hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. In hemodialysis, the patient’s blood is filtered and Please see DIALYSIS, page 2 Dr. Glenn Coates Co-director of Breast MRI Services for Wake Radiology Looking for a place where today’s women can get service they want, the technology they need, the compassion they crave, and most importantly, have all of this in a convenient location close to home? The Women’s Diagnostic Center at Maria Parham is just the place today’s women are looking for when they need their annual mammogram or other diagnostic procedures. Maria Parham is very pleased to add Breast MRI to its already strong women’s offerings. Utilizing Digital Mammography and Ultrasound, the Women’s Diagnostic Center can meet the needs of most women seeking their annual mammogram. The exciting news is that Maria Parham is the very first hospital in the region to offer Breast MRI. Breast MRI provides the latest in advanced technology, helping give your doctor the information that may lead to more accurate answers. Of course, technology is only as good as the people who use it, and Maria Parham is very fortunate to partner with Wake Please see BREAST MRI, page 2

Healthbeat - The Daily Dispatch - July 20, 2011

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