Dialysis provider U.S. Renal Care Inc. has closed its acquisition of Ambulatory Services of America Inc. and its dialysis subsidiary, Innovative Dialysis Systems. With the acquisition, Plano, TX-based U.S. Renal will become the fourth largest dialysis provider in the U.S., serving approximately 14,000 patients through more than 200 outpatient, home and specialty dialysis programs in 19 states and the Territory of Guam. “Doubling the size of U.S. Renal Care means both greater access for patients and greater operational efficiency,” said Chris Brengard, CEO of USRC. “We could not have chosen a better partner than ASA, given our mutual commitment to personal, professional dialysis care and our emphasis on physician-led facilities.”

[caption: U.S. Renal CEO Chris Brengard]


Growth elsewhere

Dialysis Clinic Inc. The provider has completed construction on a new dialysis facility in Cuba, New Mexico. The facility staff will begin providing treatment to commercial health plan patients on Sept. 16 while awaiting a final Medicare survey. “We are excited to be able to provide treatment in the Cuba area," DCI Nurse Manager Beverly Lawson said. Located on the edge of the Santa Fe National Forest, the new facility in Cuba serves a high need area. “Currently, many patients drive over an hour each way to reach a dialysis facility. DCI Cuba will be more convenient for the patients in this region,” said Lawson. The facility will offer in-center hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

Satellite Healthcare. The San Jose, Calif.-based health care provider opened two new dialysis centers in Daly City, Calif. that will serve in-center dialysis and home dialysis patients. “By offering both at-home and in-center options, our hope is that every patient in the community will be able to find the treatment that best fits their lifestyle,” company officials said. The new locations will be Satellite's first in Daly City, but the dialysis provider has many dialysis clinics operating in the San Francisco Bay Area. “Home dialysis can be a life-changer for CKD patients, offering them significant improvements in lifestyle and health status,” said Kerry Cho, MD, the medical director of Satellite WellBound of Daly City, who will be working with the new clinics.