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Health notes: Duluth dialysis center recognized for care

Fresenius Medical Care North America, the country’s leading network of dialysis facilities, has awarded its Duluth branch the Center of Excellence award for achieving the highest standards in patient care in 2013.

“Our Center of Excellence award recognizes facilities that achieve the very best clinical results through the dedication and hard work of their staff,” Debra Meade, senior director of clinical services for the network, said in a release.

Fresenius Medical Care evaluates facilities in several areas tied to patient outcomes, including nutrition, education and satisfaction. Its standards come in part from those recommended by the National Kidney Foundation.

Dialysis is a treatment that clears waste and extra fluids from a person’s blood when chronic kidney disease causes renal failure.