The County Dialysis Center, which provides life-sustaining treatments to County patients with kidney disease, has received a $2,000 check  from the United Way of Aroostook County.  

Center manager Pamela Frank says the gift is to help patients from every corner of Aroostook County with transportation costs. Currently, several patients must drive over 300 miles each week for their treatments.

Founded in 1997, the County Dialysis Center, a department of TAMC, is the only dialysis center in Aroostook County and the only not-for-profit dialysis center in the state of Maine. Frank says over 102,000 vital treatments have been given to County patients since the Center opened its doors.

Frank says currently more than 50 patients travel to the center from all over northern Maine several times a week. The next closest dialysis centers are for-profit clinics in Lincoln, Eastport and Bangor.

Representatives from the United Way recently presented a check for $2,000 to support patients treated at the center. Taking part in the presentation were, from left: Luke Rossignol, United Way board member; Sherry Locke, United Way executive director; Daniel Bagley, United Way board member; Pamela Frank, County Dialysis Center manager; Tammy Beaulieu-Fuller, director of surgical and procedural services at TAMC; and Roland Joy, TAMC vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. Looking on is patient Karen Heath and technician Nancy Kinney.

TAMC Communications and Development director Karen Gonya says the health facility last summer began a development campaign to build a larger kidney dialysis center to accommodate the growing number of County patients. Some of the current equipment has run six days a week for nearly 20 years. Gonya says the upgrades to both facilities and equipment are very much needed.

Donations to the County Dialysis Center’s campaign to build an updated facility can be made at 207-768-4350 or at TAMC's website.

 

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