DCI and Billings Clinic enter joint venture forming Billings Clinic Dialysis Center

(Billings, Mont.) Dialysis Clinic, Inc., (DCI) and Billings Clinic entered into a joint venture agreement on April 1, 2014, forming Billings Clinic Dialysis, LLC.


The two non-profit corporations began talks several years ago to review the value of partnering with a large dialysis organization after CMS issued a new rule bundling dialysis payments.


“In the changing climate of renal care, we were looking for opportunities to improve the efficiency of our dialysis facility while we continue to focus on delivering care that puts quality and safety as a priority. During the process of evaluating some of our options, we reached out to Dialysis Clinic, Inc., and we were pleased with the alignment we had with DCI. We have made the decision to move forward with DCI as a managing partner to help improve our already successful dialysis operation,” stated Peggy Wharton, Vice President of Clinic Operations at Billings Clinic.


“The Billings Clinic has a great reputation and a strong commitment to patient safety and quality health care. The mission and values of our two organizations are very closely aligned and provides a synergistic effect that will be to the benefit of the Billings community and the surrounding area.  We, at DCI, are honored to partner with Billings Clinic to continue the tradition of providing excellent care for patients with kidney disease and their families,” stated Lani Spencer, DCI corporate administrator, based out of DCI’s headquarters in Nashville, TN.


The Billings Clinic Dialysis Center serves patients with kidney failure by providing in-center dialysis and home peritoneal dialysis for patients in Montana and northern Wyoming.


Gary Cortez, regional administrator, began working with Billings Clinic Dialysis Center in March. Cortez stated, “I look forward to working with the Billings Clinic Dialysis Center to build good working relationships with a strong focus on customer relations.”


Billings Dialysis Clinic, LLC, conveniently located in the Billings Clinic Hospital at 2800 10th Ave. North, provides an environment that is focused on patient comfort and provides amenities such as free Wi-Fi internet access for patients. The 17-station clinic offers in-center hemodialysis and home peritoneal dialysis, and in-hospital acute services. The hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.


If you would like more information about the Billings Clinic Dialysis Center, please call (406) 657-4100.


Learn more at: www.dciinc.org/billingsclinicdialysis



About Billings Clinic

Based in Billings, Montana, Billings Clinic is the largest health care system in Montana and is a physician-led health care organization, consisting of a multi-specialty physician group practice, a 285-bed hospital, and a 90-bed skilled nursing and assisted living facility. Billings Clinic is the first Montana MAGNET-designated health care organization and member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The Billings Clinic system includes partnerships with eleven critical access hospitals serving markets in Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas with the highest standards of care for quality, safety and value. More information can be found at www.billingsclinic.com.


About DCI

Founded in 1971, Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI) is the nation’s largest non-profit dialysis provider with over 223 outpatient dialysis clinics in 28 states. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, DCI employs approximately 5,000 people serving more than 14,000 dialysis patients. The United States Renal Data System (USRDS) has found DCI to have the lowest patient mortality and hospitalization rates among the national dialysis providers for eleven consecutive years. DCI’s services include in-center hemodialysis, home hemodialysis, and peritoneal dialysis (continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, CAPD, and automated peritoneal dialysis, APD). Acute dialysis and related services are located within hospitals around the US. DCI also provides kidney disease education and medication therapy management through the Reach Kidney Care and Reach Medication Therapy Management programs, respectively. DCI’s operates under the mission: “We are a non-profit service organization. The care of the patient is our reason for existence.” For more information, visit www.dciinc.org .