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The Division of Nephrology of the Mount Sinai Health System recently marked the opening of the Mount Sinai Kidney Center at East River Plaza with a formal ribbon cutting.

The new facility, located at 117th Street in East Harlem, will provide dialysis treatment with fully modern equipment. Adjacent to FDR Drive and close to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, the center is easily accessible by public transportation and replaces the Mount Sinai Hospital’s dialysis clinic, which was located on East 94th Street.

“As a part of the Mount Sinai Health System, the Mount Sinai Kidney Center at East River Plaza has all the support of the system’s seven hospitals, physicians and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,” explained John Cijiang He, MD, PhD, the Irene and Dr. Arthur M. Fishberg professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The center is fully integrated with other departments and divisions from throughout the health system, including the Department of Surgery, the Department of Radiology and the Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program at Mount Sinai’s Recanati/Miller Transplant Institute. “This allows us to provide integrated care and services to our patients,” He added.

“The unit will offer a complete range of services to patients, including peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis and in-center hemodialysis,” said Vijay Lapsia, MD, medical director of the Mount Sinai Kidney Center at East River Plaza and assistant professor of medicine and nephrology at the Icahn School of Medicine. Additionally, space has been allocated for an interventional suite to perform radiological procedures on-site.

“Patients also benefit from easy parking and ambulette drop-off near the unit entrance, sheltered outdoor space and serene clinical treatment areas with large screen flat panel televisions, new, comfortable dialysis chairs and improved waiting facilities,” Lapsia added. “The unit will also be able to accommodate the needs of stretcher patients and will continue to offer convenient hours. An experienced team of nephrologists, nurses, dietitians and social workers will provide expert care.”

The Mount Sinai Kidney Center at East River Plaza’s location, in a large commercial center with nearby services for patients and families, was chosen for its convenience for patients based in Manhattan, the other boroughs and the greater metropolitan area. The East River Plaza is home to numerous restaurants and shops. Patients can shop before and after appointments, as can family members or care takers during dialysis procedures.

“The treatment for chronic kidney disease can be time-consuming and exhausting,” said Lapsia. “With the Mount Sinai Kidney Center at East River Plaza’s easy-to-reach site and the many nearby shops, services and facilities, we hope to make the trips for dialysis less of a burden or an inconvenience.”

“Since 1947, when the first hemodialysis in the United States was conducted at Mount Sinai, faculty from the Mount Sinai Division of Nephrology have been leading the care of renal disease patients in the New York City region,” said Barbara Murphy, MD, Irene and Dr. Arthur M. Fishberg professor of Medicine and chair of the Department of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Health System. “The opening of the new Mount Sinai Kidney Center at East River Plaza represents the next stage for the dialysis program at Mount Sinai, which is the only hospital-operated outpatient dialysis program in Manhattan,” said Murphy, a world-renowned transplant nephrologist. In addition, the Mount Sinai Health System remains the largest provider for peritoneal dialysis in New York City.

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