With its partner, National Nephrology Associates, Ochsner End Stage Renal Disease Services provides care to approximately 320 patients in six dialysis units in New Orleans, Houma, Thibodaux, Galliano (Cut Off), Baton Rouge and in-home dialysis. All the units are fully staffed including renal social workers, a specialized renal dietitian and attentive clerical staff. Hemodialysis schedules are flexible and the late shift accommodates patients with special needs. The renal rehabilitation process has been dubbed the "Quality of Life" program at Ochsner, where a special committee meets monthly to steer efforts. Dialysis caregivers, including the financial and nursing administrators, dialysis technician representatives, nurse representatives and patients form this committee. This group provides input to establish and promote quality of life initiatives. Just a few of Ochsner’s many successful programs are:
- Dialysis Patient Exercise Program Every dialysis pod has an exercise bicycle, which is offered to each and every patient to be utilized during the HD treatment. Prescription dialysis exercise programs are written for those patients interested in pursuing this process. Symptomatic improvement, weight loss and better well being are the goals. Bikes are also available in the Houma and Thibodaux Dialysis Units and in the waiting room of the Peritoneal Dialysis Unit. Each peritoneal dialysis patient has a tailored exercise program prescribed.
- A Holiday Health Fair This is held yearly during the Christmas season. Education booths are set up for patients and their relatives concerning end stage renal disease care, modalities of end stage renal disease and availability of local community resources. Music is provided. Attendance has been "standing room only" in recent years.