A national company of dialysis clinics opened its second Bethesda treatment center on Tuesday with a ribbon cutting at the Shops at Sumner Place.
U.S. Renal Care is a Texas-based company of more than 200 outpatient dialysis clinics that partner with local nephrologists to run its facilities.
Dr. Steven Burka, the medical director of inpatient dialysis at Sibley Hospital Memorial Hospital in D.C., also serves as the medical director of the new location at 4701 Sangamore Rd. Burka opened the dialysis center in downtown Bethesda, at 3 Bethesda Metro Center, before it merged with U.S. Renal Care.
“When I started 30 years ago, there was sort of a factor that was missing with these dialysis facilities,” Burka said. “They weren’t so warm. The lack of warmth and friendliness negatively impacted on the quality of life of a family member of mine who was on dialysis. I thought it would be a great idea to build a facility that had that built in, where the primary focus would be on having a warm, welcoming, enjoyable place to be. Where if you had to be on dialysis, this would be the place to be.”
The new facility is in Suite P107 on the top floor of the shopping center.