DaVita expanding its dialysis operation in the Columbus area; three new facilities being built

New center on the way in Columbus and Warm Springs, with newly built relocation in Phenix City

tadams@ledger-enquirer.comJune 28, 2013 

DaVita HeathCare Partners, a Denver-based company that operates kidney dialysis centers across the U.S., is opening its fourth office in Columbus, relocating its Phenix City location to a new site, and building another facility in nearby Warm Springs, Ga.

Nashville, Tenn.-based Oman-Gibson Associates (OGA), which specializes in constructing smaller medical offices, is the general contractor on the projects.

“Our niche is small, free-standing ambulatory-type medical, like cancer centers, dialysis centers, urgent care centers, office buildings,” said OGA project manager Charles Watkins.

DaVita currently operates dialysis centers at 1216 Stark Avenue, 6228 Bradley Park Drive and 1200 Brookstone Centre Parkway in Columbus, as well as at 1900 Opelika Road in Phenix City.

OGA has started construction on DaVita’s new south Columbus center at 2401 Shelby St., with work on the 6,138-square-foot facility expected to be completed in early November, said OGA project manager Sam Sarbacker. The price tag on that project is $1.8 million.

The Phenix City center is being relocated from Opelika Road to 4391 Riverchase Drive, near Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital, Watkins said. Construction on the 9,165-square-foot facility should be finished in January, with the cost of that one pegged at just over $2 million.

The Warm Springs center, meanwhile, is now under construction, with the 4130 White House Parkway facility likely to be completed by mid-December, Sarbacker said. The cost of that 6,379-square-foot structure is just under $1.7 million.

Watkins acknowledged his company is seeing growth in dialysis centers. The National Kidney Foundation estimates there are 26 million American adults who have chronic kidney disease. Millions of others are at increased risk of developing the potentially deadly illness, the organization says.

“I think when you look at the trend in diseases like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, things like that, those are some of the risk factors for getting on dialysis,” Watkins said. “So with the increase in those types of diseases, we have seen an increase in the need for dialysis.”

DaVita HealthCare Partners, a publicly traded company, is certainly growing. Aside from the local dialysis centers, OGA in its latest round of construction is also building facilities in Indianapolis, Jasper, Ala., Roscommon, Mich., and Bluffton, S.C.

In May, DaVita said it had reached “milestones” of owning or operating more than 2,000 centers, with its workforce topping 50,000. The company also said it is expanding into primary and specialty centers that treat patients with chronic illnesses.

The company reported $30.1 million in net income on total revenue of $2.8 billion in the first quarter of this year. It provided 5.6 million treatments or lab-related services in the January-March period, up 8 percent from the same quarter in 2012.

NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION: FACTS ABOUT CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

What is chronic kidney disease?

Chronic kidney disease includes conditions that damage your kidneys and decrease their ability to keep you healthy. If kidney disease gets worse, wastes can build to high levels in your blood and make you feel sick. You may develop complications like high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, poor nutritional health and nerve damage.

Kidney disease also increases your risk of having heart and blood vessel disease. These problems may happen slowly over a long period of time. Chronic kidney disease may be caused by diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders. Early detection and treatment can often keep chronic kidney disease from getting worse.

When kidney disease progresses, it may eventually lead to kidney failure, which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant to maintain life.

Fast facts

• 26 million American adults have CKD and millions of others are at increased risk

• Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure

• Heart disease is the major cause of death for all people with CKD

• Glomerular filtration rate is the best estimate of kidney function

• Hypertension causes CKD and CKD causes hypertension

• Persistent proteinuria (protein in the urine) means CKD is present

• High risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension and family history of kidney disease

• African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and older people are at increased risk

• Three simple tests can detect chronic kidney disease — blood pressure, urine albumin and serum creatinine

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