San Augustine Dialysis Center officially opens

By Christel Phillips email l bio

SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS (KTRE)- The Memorial Medical Center of San Augustine is excited about their official grand opening the new dialysis and imaging centers, Tuesday.

An open house was held at the new facilities. The dialysis and imaging centers were partially funded by a grant from Temple-Inland. The Memorial Health System in Lufkin also was a major contributor in getting this project accomplished. The center is will serve as a great medical asset to the community because patients will no longer need to travel long distances for treatment.

One reason why Darlene Williams, Administrator/Chief Nurse at Memorial of San Augustine is excited about the facilities opening. She says, "It's wonderful for patients not to have to travel you to have it here right in there home town."

State Senator, Robert Nichols, attended the event. He is one of the East Texas lawmakers that pushed to have the facility open, he says, "Rural healthcare is sometimes drifting away from us to the more urban areas and its wonderful to see an investment from the Memorial Health System in a place like San Augustine where you can get great quality care that is convenient for citizens, the community, and surrounding areas, it provides jobs, it's really wonderful."

The dialysis center has 10 beds available and treats 20 patients every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with 2 shifts per day.

The imaging center will allow patients to receive technologically advanced imaging studies close to home with the recent installation of a 16-slice CT system, MRI, Digital Mammography and Vascular Ultrasound.