For 13 years, the professionals at Agnesian HealthCare’s Dialysis Services in Beaver Dam have helped countless individuals experiencing kidney failure to receive quality, ongoing treatment at its Monroe Street facility.

Agnesian Dialysis Services offers two methods of treatment to people with end-stage kidney disease. Hemodialysis is a procedure, which uses a machine to rid the blood of waste buildup and remove excess water.

The second method, peritoneal dialysis, places fluid into the abdominal cavity to flush out the waste and excess water, which a functioning kidney would normally remove.

In addition, staff works with patients on renal (kidney) transplant options, including getting them on transplant waiting lists.

The dialysis center has added a new dimension to its care in Beaver Dam – volunteers.

In May, William Nanney became the first volunteer, working mornings three days a week. He spends his morning greeting each of the patients coming for dialysis, weighing them before and after treatment, serving them coffee or ice chips and visiting with them and their family members.

Volunteers are needed at the dialysis center on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The ideal volunteer enjoys being around people, is a good listener and is detail oriented to record patients’ weights.

Interested individuals can choose to work one day per week or more.

For more information contact Karen Gross at 920-324-6559 or complete an online application at agnesian.com.