Construction on a new Billings Clinic dialysis center in downtown Billings has begun. A joint venture between Billings Clinic, the region’s largest health care organization, and Dialysis Clinic, Inc., one of the nation’s largest providers of dialysis services, the 114,309-square-foot dialysis center is expected to begin serving patients in the summer of 2019.

“This new dialysis center will allow us to serve more patients in a state-of-the-art facility that keeps them close to our downtown campus,” said Randy Gibb, MD, Billings Clinic CEO. “It ensures we can meet the growing need for these vital dialysis treatments..”

Local architects, engineers and contractors CTA, Sanderson Stewart and Fisher Construction Inc. of Billings are building and designing the center.

Billings Clinic nephrologist Kendrick Trostel, MD, serves as medical director.

According to the U.S. Renal Data System Annual Data Report, more than 660,000 Americans are being treated for kidney failure and of these, 468,000 are dialysis patients. In the Billings area, the number of patients requiring dialysis treatment is growing by about 5 percent each year.

The new dialysis center will provide more space and easy ground-level access to patients while keeping them in close proximity to the main Billings Clinic campus. It will more than double the amount of space available to patients, from 17 dialysis chairs and two home care rooms to 36 chairs and four rooms. The $3.9 million construction project provides patients with updated machines and equipment, along with full dialysis treatment and multiple delivery modalities.

“The 17 station Billings Clinic dialysis facility is at capacity. Our staff is doing everything they can to accommodate the needs of current dialysis patients while the new clinic is being built,” said Tim Reedy, Billings Clinic/ DCI Area Operations Director. The new location will offer 19 additional in-center hemodialysis treatment chairs and two additional home therapy exam rooms. “We will be able to accept new in-center patients and expand our home therapy offering to include home hemodialysis.”

Dialysis Clinic, Inc. is the only national healthcare provider that delivers comprehensive care along the entire continuum of kidney disease. As a non-profit provider since its inception in 1971, DCI provides outstanding care and invests a substantial portion of its resources to improve this care.

DCI’s services in Montana include the Billings Clinic, LLC, DCI Big Sky, and REACH Kidney Care, a free chronic kidney disease education and care coordination program.