The Walker Dialysis Program of MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, a name change which signifies MedStar Good Samaritan’s close affiliation with MedStar Union Memorial and its long-running dialysis program, provides many options for treating kidney disease and kidney failure. Our not-for-profit program is not only the second oldest program in Maryland, it’s also the largest hospital-based dialysis facility in the state as well, providing 46,000 patient treatments annually.
With a total of 54 stations, an 8-station inpatient unit and a peritoneal dialysis unit, MedStar Good Samaritan has the largest hospital-based unit in Maryland. All of our nephrology RNs and more than 30 percent of our nephrology technicians are BONENT or ANNA certified. Supported by a very active education council, staff development and credentialing are a priority. Our 300 patients receive monthly education, and participate in unit-based team-building activities such as caroling, bingo, and an annual memorial service. Our latest patient satisfaction survey demonstrates a 91 percent satisfaction with quality of care.
We believe in work-life balance. Our renal dialysis unit has flexible scheduling and is closed Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. We support shared-governance and have three very active councils: Standards, Education and Process Improvement. Daily e-mails keep the staff informed of unit issues and allow for dialogue during decision-making.