Arnot Medical Services Plans to Sell Dialysis Units to DaVita

Arnot Medical Services Plans to Sell Dialysis Units to DaVita

ELMIRA, N.Y (WETM-18) -- Arnot Medical Services is planning to sell their dialysis units.
ELMIRA, N.Y (WETM-18) -- Arnot Ogden Medical Services is planning to sell their dialysis units.

This includes 38 dialysis stations spread over four locations: Elmira, Corning, Schuyler County, and the Elmira Correctional Facility.

A national provider of dialysis services, DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc., may soon take over ownership of these dialysis units.

President of Arnot Ogden Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Chief Operating Officer of Arnot Health, Fred Farley, said the deal would be cost effective.

"We actually have been struggling financially to be able to keep the units going and so we've been working with DaVita largely because of their scale. The national providers actually have a large enough scale where they can actually provide services much more cost effectively than the individual hospitals,” said Farley.

Farley said the hospital staff would remain the same.

"We don't see it affecting staffing at all. As a matter of fact, there will be a change in that the staff will become employees of DaVita, but it's the same staff,” Farley said.

Also, if the deal is approved, patients will continue to receive their dialysis treatments at the same locations.

Gail Wolf has been receiving dialysis treatments at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center for three years, three times a week, for three hours per session.

"It is excellent. Absolutely excellent. The nurses here are very caring and they go above and beyond to help you with whatever you want. They always ask you if there is anything you need and take care of it,” said Wolf.

Wolf said she hopes her patient care will continue to remain the same.

“If they’re going to keep the same girls here, I think it’s going to be the same thing. I’m hoping it’s the same thing,” said Wolf.

Arnot Medical Services would be paid $6.75 million for the sale of the units.

Farley said the hospital has plans to use part of this money for capital expenses.

Also, some of the money the hospital will receive from selling the dialysis units will go right back into the hospital, where they’re currently constructing private rooms for patients.

"We recently have started construction on the 4th floor -- the “D” wing of the Arnot Ogden Medical Center -- and a 5th floor was added to the facility and that's affording us the opportunity to increase the number of private rooms that we have in service,” said Farley.

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