Calamba City—The Calamba Medical Center has launched its Kidney Club, dubbed “Kabato Support Group.”
The group is specifically for people with any stage of kidney disease, who are on dialysis, have had or are waiting for a kidney transplant, or have one or more health conditions that can cause kidney function impairment, including their loved ones.
Dr. Nickson Austria, CMC Dialysis Chairman, and head nephrologist, said the Kidney Club is one of the highlights of the Dialysis Center’s 1st year Move-in Anniversary celebration on patient-focused kidney care, among the array of various medical and treatment services and activities in line with CMC’s 30th Anniversary.
“We want this milestone event and CMC Kidney Club launch to be a year of being grateful to the people of Calamba and adjacent areas for the warm reception and we want to give this back and bring more affordable treatment packages,” Austria said.
Known as the “Health City of the South,” CMC can accommodate specialized kidney care as an in-patient dialysis center. It is also open for walk-in clients offering a complete set of specialists, doctors, friendly nurses, and medical staff and state-of-the-art medical equipment and machines.
“CMC’s dialysis center is a one-stop hub where the team of specialists and well-trained nurses could perform hemodialysis, hemodiafiltration, body composition monitoring (BCM), vascular access center services and soon to offer kidney transplant and peritoneal dialysis,” Austria said.
“Hemodiafiltration as a modern hemodialysis technology is the latest treatment modality of blood purification. The high-end machines we have at CMC Dialysis Center can perform that and we’re seeing the benefits of this,” he explained.
The center also offers competitive price packages, including Philhealth’s Z package, and its acceptance of all guarantee letters from high-ranking government officials for patients who could avail of cleanest and very spacious treatment areas, advance water treatment on all 40 chairs, and cutting-edge hemodialysis machines.
“It’s more than a hospital, it’s a healing center, health care city,” Austria added.
The CMC management sees the establishment of the Kidney Club to benefit people with kidney disease and their families to also extend medical support for people who have experienced kidney disease.
The Kidney Club is organized with the support of the hospital, volunteers and members of the kidney community how to cope with and manage their daily needs.
It also provides appropriate and effective care and how to more easily live with the kidney ailment and the available resources to help people with kidney-related problems, and with medical science permitting, extend the patient’s lifespan.
“A year ago, we opened the largest Dialysis Center Facility in the Calabarzon region, expecting around 1,500 patients in the region per month, availing of our 98 state-of-the-art machines,” Austria said.
“We cannot compromise patient care if they really want to go into dialysis. The patient would be on the preventive aspect of the kidney disease,” he added.