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Dialysis transformation comes to completion with renovations to staff space

Dialysis CentreLast year, St. Joseph’s Health Centre transformed its dialysis care with the opening of the brand new Bachir Yerex Family Dialysis Centre. A new dialysis space, which represented one of two phases of improving dialysis care at St. Joseph’s, was made possible thanks to the generous support of Salah Bachir, his husband Jacob Yerex, other donors, and funding from the Ontario government. The new and expanded space dedicated to patients includes 21 dialysis stations, natural lighting and multiple key spaces for high-quality and individualized dialysis care.

This spring, St. Joseph’s celebrates the completion of the centre’s second phase, which involves the construction of a space designed specifically for dialysis staff and physicians.

This space will be right across from the new dialysis centre, bringing together all of St. Joseph’s dialysis services to one floor and with close proximity to one another. This was designed to improve workflow and streamline dialysis patient care.

“Our dialysis unit has been operating as two physically separate units for so long,” explained Solita Crispin, Patient Care Manager with the St. Joseph’s Regional Renal Program.

“I’ve watched our team work in such limited space to care for our patients across two separate floors — and all the while providing excellent patient care. Having the entire dialysis unit on one floor, and all of these new staff spaces, will support our team in continuing to provide excellent quality care.”

The key components of the new staff space include: a staff lounge and lockers; a consult room for patient, family and staff discussions; an education room; a shared office space for interprofessional team members; three staff washrooms; one public universal washroom; physician office space; a tech room; spare clean equipment room and a new waste holding room.

“I am so incredibly grateful to Salah, Jacob and all the other generous donors to St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation whose unbelievable support made this happen for the dialysis team,” said Crispin.

“This renovation to the staff space gives our team a sense of belonging and value to the organization. Joy in Work is one of the components for Unity Health Toronto’s Strategic Plan and having this new space helps to foster this component amongst our dialysis team.”

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