Patients with end-stage renal disease must undergo the four- to six-hour treatments every other day. The next nearest center is in Billings.

For the past two years, West Park Hospital’s Big Horn Regional Dialysis has been unable to take new patients and treat visitors to the area because of a lack of chairs and space.

Currently, the center is located on the second floor of West Park Hospital and has six chairs. The new unit will be located on the ground floor of the Cathcart Health Center, providing easier patient access, and will immediately increase capacity to eight chairs, which will serve current demand. The space in the Cathcart Health Center will allow for as many as 10 chairs, which will initially be plumbed and then completed as demand dictates.

West Park Hospital successfully secured a $300,000 State Loan and Investment Board grant toward the $900,000 project cost. The balance will be funded by West Park Hospital with support from the West Park Hospital Foundation and the Cody Medical Foundation.

For more information about the event or the dialysis upgrade and expansion project, contact Jackson at the West Park Hospital Foundation at 578-2338 or gjackson@wphcody.org.

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