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HMFW Opens New Vascular Access Center
02/13/2002

FORT WORTH, Texas — In an effort to support the health-care needs of the community, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital (HMFW) recently opened a new Vascular Access Center.

The first of its kind in Fort Worth, the center is designed to care for patients experiencing renal failure and those receiving dialysis treatments. Nephrologists perform the majority of procedures, which include placement of intravenous catheters for dialysis, de-clotting and balloon dilatation of dialysis fistulas and diagnostic fistulagrams. The center cares for patients on an outpatient and inpatient basis.

Before the center opened, patients were admitted to the facility and sometimes required an overnight stay. Today, patients can visit the center on an outpatient basis and spend just a few hours at the hospital.

Several local nephrologists have been involved with the project, most notably, Dr. James Yegge, who says the Vascular Access Center is very important to the community. "This center is very convenient for patients and supports a patient's quality of life with timely service and even same-day service. Some patients have a critical need for certain procedures and this center will meet that need."

The Vascular Access Center coordinates its efforts with 16 area-wide dialysis centers, including facilities in Weatherford, Granbury, Cleburne and Arlington. There are estimated to be over 1,000 dialysis patients in Tarrant County who will benefit from the center.

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