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At HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital we help improve the health of thousands of people living with kidney disease.


  • Pre-dialysis teaching to assist patients and their families with the treatment choices for end stage renal disease is provided at no charge.

  • Fistula and catheter placement is done on an outpatient basis at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital.

  • All patients are evaluated for eligibility for a kidney transplant. Both living and cadaveric donors are considered.
  • Transient dialysis treatment is offered to people vacationing or traveling through this area.

  • Television and internet service is provided for the patient during treatment. Visitors are welcome, but may be limited due to space constraints or patient care needs.


A highly skilled team of registered nurses provides education and care for dialysis patients. In addition, a registered dietitian is available for nutrition assessment and counseling during treatment or by appointment at the patient’s convenience. Social Work Services staff provides assistance for home health care needs or financial concerns.

The staff at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital are assisted by nephrologist and internists who have special training in caring of patients undergoing end stage renal dialysis.

Dr. Thomas J. Smith, nephrologist, serves as the unit’s medical director and consultant.

Nephrology Clinic

Dr. Smith and his colleagues are available for consultation and visits at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital on the second Thursday of alternate months. Patients should contact their personal physician for referral.


Dialysis patients are encouraged to learn all they can about their disease and its treatment. The HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital team is available to patients and their families to answer any questions they may have. Patients are allowed as much control over their dialysis regime as they desire and are able to handle with professional supervision.

Hemodialysis Program

The Hemodialysis Unit at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital opened in 1982. The unit is now located in the lower level of the Medical Arts building and has 12 stations.

The unit is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. There is a full-time “on-call” physician and RN coverage for emergency treatments. Every effort is made to accommodate the schedules of employed dialysis patients.


For more information about the HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital Dialysis Unit or to learn about the National Kidney Foundation, please call (920) 459-4790.