The County Dialysis Center, the only kidney dialysis service in Aroostook County and the only not- for-profit center in Maine, announced a ribbon cutting and open house will take place at its expanded and updated facility.

County Dialysis Center

The public is invited to the event on Thursday, September 22nd from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at North Street Healthcare in Presque Isle and will include refreshments and guided tours of the Center.

One in three Americans is at risk for kidney disease and the number is growing both nationally and in Maine. The County Dialysis Center, a department of TAMC, provides treatments three times a week to patients from every corner of Aroostook County, some of whom travel over 345 miles each week for their critical care.

Founded in 1997 with 12 patients, the County Dialysis Center has provided over 104,000 vital treatments since it opened and the number of patients has more than quadrupled in less than 20 years.

Last summer, TAMC began the quiet phase of a $750,000 capital campaign to update and enlarge the kidney dialysis center to accommodate the growing number of County patients. Not only was the space no longer adequate to serve patients, but critical equipment which had operated consistently six days a week for nearly 20 years had far exceeded its useful life. The upgrades to both facilities and equipment were desperately needed.

Local individuals and companies have helped the campaign reach 65% of its goal and annual proceeds from TAMC’s Country Heart Gift Shop have been allocated to the effort.  Donations to the County Dialysis Center can be made online at tamc.org/dialysis  or by contacting Hollie Gowen at hlgowen@emhs.org or 207-768-4350.

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