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Frequently Asked Questions about the Northwest Iowa Dialysis Center and the services they provide.

Q: When is the Northwest Iowa Dialysis Center open?
A: The Dialysis Center offers dialysis treatment on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The facility is staffed five days a week.

Q: How many shifts per day are available?
A: We offer three dialysis shifts per day (morning and afternoon).

Q: How many stations does the facility have?
A: The NIDC has eight stations.

Q: What is the capacity of the NIDC?
A: The NIDC was designed to meet potential needs to expand capacity up to 48 patients.

Q: How is my family physician be involved in the process? Do I need to switch doctors in order to receive treatment at NIDC?
A: The NIDC utilizes an open medical staff format. This allows you to keep your current physician while having your dialysis care administered at the NIDC.

Q: What is a nephrologist? What is their role be the NIDC?
A: A nephrologist is a physician who has been trained in the diagnosis and management of kidney disease, kidney transplantation, therapy of high blood pressure and dialysis. Nephrology is a subspecialty of internal medicine.

Q: How can I become a dialysis patient at NIDC?
A: Contact your family physician to discuss becoming a patient. Your family physician will refer you to a nephrologist. In turn, the nephrologists will be able to assign patients for treatment at the NIDC.

Q: I have a friend(s) that also requires dialysis treatment. Can we receive treatment together?
A: Every attempt is made to ensure patients receive treatment when it is most convenient for them. Schedules are determined on a first come, first serve basis.

Q: What level of technology and care are offered?
A: Because of the unique nature of the NIDC, the same state-of-the-art technology utilized by Sanford Health Network for dialysis treatment is also used at the NIDC. In addition, consistency in the standards of care and quality initiatives have been implemented on a local level at the unit in Hospers.

Q: What if there is an emergency?
A: The dialysis staff at the NIDC is trained to handle emergencies related to the dialysis treatment that will be administered. In addition to the trained staff, the NIDC is only a short distance from both Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, IA and the Orange City Area Health System in Orange City, IA - both facilities are partners in the NIDC.

Q: Will insurance pay for my dialysis care?
A: Insurance coverage is dependent on the unique circumstances that surround each case; however, Medicare covers dialysis treatment. Please contact us, for specifics regarding insurance coverage.

Q: When did the Northwest Dialysis Center open?
A: The Northwest Iowa Dialysis Center (NIDC) opened the summer of 2006.