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New Renal Care Center Opens at Children's of Alabama


Children’s of Alabama opened its new Renal Care Center on Feb. 16. The newly renovated space is located in the McWane Building on the Russell Campus and provides a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment of kidney disorders in an environment fostering family-centered care.

 “We are delighted to have this beautiful new environment for our patients and their families. Its state-of-the-art equipment will ensure that we continue to provide exceptional patient care and the space provides a comfortable setting for the family education that is so essential to our patients’ successful treatment,” said Gwen Gardner, RN, administrative director of transplant services.

 The center incorporates a transportation theme, complete with bright colors, spacious waiting areas and comfort seating, as well as an interactive educational and entertainment system for patients.

 The Renal Care Center at Children’s of Alabama is one of the largest comprehensive pediatric dialysis units in the United States offering acute and chronic dialysis therapies. The specialized staff offers peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement therapies, kidney biopsies, and plasmapheresis for infants, children and adolescents. In order to maximize health and quality of life, the Renal Care Center at Children's of Alabama is one of three pediatric programs who train qualifying pediatric patients to perform hemodialysis at home using NXSTAGE Portable Dialysis Machine.

 Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and 10 foreign countries last year, representing more than 653,000 outpatient visits and nearly 14,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at