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Published on April 17, 2014

CentraCare Kidney Program receives 5-Diamond Patient Safety status

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The CentraCare Kidney Program achieved 5-Diamond Patient Safety status, the highest status given by Renal Network 11. For two consecutive years, all CentraCare dialysis outpatient facilities and the home therapy program have received this distinction. To qualify, employees were required to complete five Patient Safety educational modules, which included tools and resources for implementation of each patient safety concept, and submit documentation to Network 11.

 “Patient safety is our highest priority, and this program is another example of how our employees attain that goal,” said David Walz, CentraCare Kidney Program Director. 

Renal Network 11 includes the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Michigan. It is one of eighteen networks in the United States, established by the federal government to improve the quality of dialysis and kidney transplant services for people with end-stage renal disease.

The CentraCare Kidney Program has 132 employees and offers dialysis services across Central Minnesota including units in: Alexandria, Big Lake, Brainerd, Cambridge, Litchfield, Little Falls, Princeton, St. Cloud and Staples. Together, the outpatient dialysis program provided more than 68,500 treatments in 2013.

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