By Rod Lee
The addition of a business dedicated to providing dialysis treatment at Pleasant Valley Crossing in Sutton might seem like an anomaly, in a plaza anchored by a supermarket, a bank, a coffee emporium, a cell-phone store, a burger place and other retailing ventures.
For Fresenius Medical Care North America, or FMCNA, however, the site makes perfect sense. Fresenius Kidney Care—the German-based company’s newest location in Massachusetts—opened in September at 10A Galaxy Pass, boosting to more than two thousand the number of dialysis centers, outpatient cardiac and vascular labs and urgent-care centers Fresenius (it’s pronounced Freh-SEN-ee-us) now has in operation around the U.S.
Fresenius Kidney Care also works nicely as part of Phase II of Galaxy Development’s continuing expansion of Pleasant Valley Crossing, Galaxy Principal Michael C. O’Brien said on December 17th.
“As I think you know,” Mr. O’Brien said, “Luv 2 Play” is scheduled to open later this month or next. The area where the restaurant pad was will now be Mickey’s Car Wash and Detail Center. We will move the restaurant pad over to the former Lowe’s area where it will enjoy better visibility to Rt. 146. That area actually can fit two or three restaurants and other retail space. We are actively marketing it now.”
Luv 2 Play will provide an indoor recreation area for children. It will be the second tenant in Phase II at Pleasant Valley Crossing and the third location in New England for the Arizona company.
Phase III will create another 130,000 square feet of leasable space and will include a residential aspect involving multifamily and senior housing.
The Sutton address gives Fresenius 6800 square feet of beautifully appointed space in which to provide treatment to patients suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD). About one in seven adults in the U.S. have the condition and many of them do not detect it until they have lost more than 96% of their kidney function. In Massachusetts, there are approximately 11,750 patients on dialysis.
Fresenius’ mission, the company says, is to help people with CKD and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) “lead fuller, more active and vibrant lives.”
Having such a facility close to home “makes it easier for you to get to your appointments and stay on your treatment plan,” the company points out.
Fresenius Kidney Care’s Sutton site can treat up to seventy-two patients a week.
In presenting Fresenius of Sutton with its 2019 Cornerstone Award at the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 41st annual meeting at Pleasant Valley Country Club on November 26, the Chamber noted that the facility’s trained staff can help patients learn about at-home peritoneal dialysis, at-home hemodialysis and in-center hemodialysis. Staff can also assist patients in understanding other options, such as a kidney transplant; and what to expect if they choose not to treat their kidney disease (opting instead for supportive or palliative care).
Contact Rod Lee at [email protected] or 774-232-2999.
PHoto to come: Fresenius Kidney Care’s state-of-the-art facility on Galaxy Pass in Pleasant Valley Crossing in Sutton opened several months ago and can treat up to seventy-two dialysis patients a week.