Dialysis Capacity Increasing at Russell Health Centre

June 2021

Dialysis services within Russell Health Centre are expanding from 12 treatment spots to 24. With the rates of kidney disease growing in the province, Manitoba Health and Seniors Care along with the Manitoba Renal Program (MRP) continue to support regional efforts to provide additional dialysis options closer to home for rural residents.

“This expansion of dialysis services will be a significant benefit to Manitobans in the Prairie Mountain Health region,” said acting Minister of Health and Seniors Care Kelvin Goertzen. “By doubling our treatment capacity in Russell, more Manitobans will be able to receive this important health service.”

“We were able to internally increase staffing levels to accommodate increased capacity within the Russell Health Centre,” stated Debbie Poole, Prairie Mountain Health Regional Lead of Acute Health Services & Chief Nursing Officer. “There are over 200 people receiving hemodialysis service within our region and this expansion means additional patients can be moved to a spot closer to home for this life-sustaining treatment.”

On behalf of PMH, Poole expresses thanks and appreciation to the dialysis unit staff for voluntarily increasing their work hours so the expansion could proceed.

The expansion will see the Russell Health Centre dialysis unit increase its days of operation from three to six and provide as many as 72 dialysis treatments every week. It’s anticipated all the required program and support services needed to accommodate the full capacity of 24 patients will be in place by early August.

There are four hemodialysis treatment sites within PMH region. They include the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Dauphin Regional Health Centre, Russell Health Centre and the Swan Valley Health Centre in Swan River.

“Many of our rural dialysis units were designed to expand their capacity to accommodate future needs of a growing dialysis patient population in Manitoba,” said Dr. Mauro Verrelli, provincial renal specialty lead with Shared Health. “This expansion will utilize existing infrastructure to offer more opportunities for people to receive dialysis closer to home.”

All patients start hemodialysis in Winnipeg or Brandon. Patients are then assessed by MRP to receive treatment at a local renal health centre (rural dialysis unit) in or near their community.

For more information on the Manitoba Renal Program, visit www.kidneyhealth.ca.

Russell HC Hemodialysis Unit Picture 3x2

Pictured L-R: Patsy Chuhai, Felicia Slimmon, Delilah Beischer, Anna Lungal.  Photo courtesy of Russell Banner.