A vision became a reality, and that reality became a plan when Cindy Barclay formed Quality Dialysis, Inc., in 1993. After twenty years as a registered nurse with a world of experience in critical and intensive care under her belt, Cindy still felt she needed to do more for people suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). After seeing first-hand how a diagnosis of CKD often turns a person’s world upside down, she was determined to come up with a plan that not only administered life-saving dialysis treatments, but did so in a way that would improve a patient’s quality of life. This is when the idea of in-home dialysis treatments was born?and today Cindy Barclay still makes the patient’s comfort and quality of life primary factors in her business!
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a condition that is brought on primarily from diabetes or hypertension, and it happens when kidneys gradually lose their function and dialysis must be implemented to do their work. If dialysis no longer does the trick, then a kidney transplant is imperative. There are well over 20 million Americans whose kidneys are no longer able to filter waste, toxins, and excess fluid from the blood. When this happens, harmful substances build up in the body and dialysis (a process that uses a machine to filter the harmful wastes and fluid to restore blood to a normal, healthy balance) must be initiated. And this number continues to rise by more than 200,000 new cases each year.
Since patients are often required to make several trips a week to a clinic or hospital for these life-saving treatments, Cindy knew this pretty much precluded any decent quality of life. That’s when she made the decision that a major part of her vision was going to include a way to bring the treatments to the patient! And today, with over 70 employees, Quality Dialysis does exactly that by ensuring a licensed nurse?under the supervision of a nephrologist?visits each patient’s home to administer their dialysis treatments in the comfort of their own home!
Recognizing that every patient’s care is different, Cindy knew that to make home dialysis treatments a reality, it would take a specific treatment plan tailored to each patient. She ensures that patients and caregivers are educated on the disease and advised of the many resources that are available to help them. The professional medical support team at Quality Dialysis works on each patient’s individual dialysis care, as well as constantly monitoring their healthcare needs and making themselves accessible should any questions come up.
Dialysis patients believe wholeheartedly that Cindy Barclay has transformed their quality of life and their testimonials on the company’s website at www.qualitydialysis.com attest to this fact. In this fast-paced, technology-driven world we live in, it’s nice to know that there is a company that doesn’t see patients as just numbers, but more as human beings that have some restrictive health issues and who deserve to be treated with compassion and the utmost dignity and respect.