Former drug store set to become dialysis center

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In the last several months, work on a dialysis center has continued in Freedom Plaza next to the former JCPenney location, according to city officials.

The 205 Erie Blvd. West site was home to a former Rite Aid location, which is now undergoing an overhaul of the 7,300 square foot project that carries a price tag of more than $1 million.

City Chief Codes Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector Mark Domenico added that the spot is using half of the area that was previously retail space in a “very aggressive renovation.”

And, the spot will be home to a host of services.

“Utica Partners, LLC dba Dialysis Center of Oneida, an existing 8-station chronic renal dialysis center located in the County of Madison requests approval to certify an 18-station extension site in leased space at 205 Erie Blvd West, Rome, NY 13440 (Oneida County). This extension center will be known as (the) Dialysis Center of Rome. The applicant will provide the following services: In center Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis, Home Hemodialysis. In addition, training and education for all modalities will be provided. There will be an open staff policy, which allows nephrologists who can satisfy the dialysis center credentialing requirements to treat their patients at the facility,” reads a summary statement in a Certificate of Need application to the state Department of Health.

Dialysis is a medical process in which a machine is used to remove excess water and toxins from the blood in people whose kidneys can no longer perform these functions naturally and return the cleaned blood back to the individual.

Last spring, the project received contingent approval from the state health department.

According to documentation, the project should be completed by spring 2021 unless there are significant delays.

The Dialysis Center of Oneida deferred to their corporate parent the American Renal Association in Beverly, Massachusetts for further comment. 

As of press time, additional information was unavailable.

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