The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors visited the new location of the Spencer Hospital's Warner Dialysis Center in Spencer. The new facility will nearly double the capacity of the current location, located at the hospital, which has eight dialysis stations. Increased demand on the services was the impetus for the new facility, which will replace the hospital location when final surveys and testing are complete. According to Danette Forbes, Director of Dialysis Services, there is currently a waiting list of eight who now travel to receive the treatments. The hospital also has a satellite location in Spirit Lake, which services residents from north of Spencer, summer visitors and some on the wait list for the Spencer facility. Patients generally receive dialysis treatments three days per week, with length of treatments ranging from three and a half to five hours.
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