Kidney/Renal Treatments

kidney failure

When your kidneys function normally, they help remove waste from the blood, remove excess water from the body, regulate blood pressure and control red blood cell production. Kidney disease occurs when your kidneys are not able to work to their full capacity. At this point in time, there is no cure for kidney disease, but treatment options are available. Dialysis is a medical treatment that takes the place of normal kidney functions due to kidney failure. For most patients, dialysis treatment is needed permanently, unless a kidney transplant becomes an option.

The Walker Dialysis Program of MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

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.

Kidney Services

The care you receive at the Walker Dialysis Program of MedStar Union Memorial Hospital goes beyond just setting up and managing your dialysis treatment. Our staff goes out of their way to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

Our dialysis center offers:

  • Comfortable chair recliners for treatment
  • Personal televisions
  • WiFi access
  • Blankets
  • Privacy screens
  • Close proximity to nurses and staff
  • On-site pharmacy for easy prescription refills
  • Free parking for patients and visitors
  • Open throughout the year (as a hospital dialysis center, we do not close due to inclement weather)
  • Kidney Options Class: This session is designed for those who have kidney disease, but are not yet receiving dialysis treatment. Kidney Options is a chance for patients, as well as families and caregivers, to meet with a nurse, social worker and dietitian to discuss treatment options and get answers to the questions that are most important to you. Sessions are held the second Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

Kidney Treatments

  • Hemodialysis (HD): This treatment occurs at the dialysis center three days per week. During HD, a dialysis machine helps to remove waste products from your blood.
    • Outpatient renal dialysis services: Include two outpatient dialysis units: 24 stations in the main hospital building, and 30 stations in the Walker Building on the hospital campus. Both units focus on the needs of their patients. Necessary supplies are close by, each station allows for patient privacy, and personal televisions are placed beside every chair. Our units have been designed to create a quiet, relaxing atmosphere.
    • Inpatient renal dialysis services: Unit includes eight beds. Patients recover from their illnesses while maintaining their routine dialysis schedules. The staff on our inpatient unit are experts at giving dialysis care and at addressing and caring for other illnesses and diseases.
  • Peritoneal dialysis (PD)Is a more flexible treatment option that is done at home, rather than in a dialysis center. It takes less time, but is done more often (typically five days a week). With PD, you slowly receive dialysate through a catheter in your stomach, which removes extra fluid and waste products from your blood.
    • This treatment is available 24 hours a day, and our peritoneal dialysis staff can help whenever needed. This option is easy and offers many advantages, such as increased flexibility with schedules and a less restricted diet.

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In the Press

"Rapper Freeway, receiving dialysis in Baltimore, hopes to raise awareness for kidney disease" — Baltimore Sun

Watch the video below from WJZ-TV highlighting Freeway's visit to our dialysis facility.