Nashville’s Public Housing Agency Opens Its First Dialysis Clinic For Residents

By Emily Siner : Jan 17, 2017

Kecia Gray and Yasmeen Williams are dialysis technicians training at Sanderling Renal Services. They are learning to treat patients on dialysis in the clinic and eventually in the patients' own homes.
Bushra Rahman / WPLN

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Nashville's public housing agency is getting into health care.

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency opened a dialysis clinic last month on one of its properties, in a step toward making a burdensome treatment more convenient.

MDHA estimates that about 200 public housing residents in Nashville are on dialysis. Emilio Hughes, who lives in the John Henry Hale Apartments, is one of them. In 2010, he was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease, meaning his kidneys don't function and need dialysis to filter his blood.

Three days a week, he sits in a chair with a needle in his arm for four hours, plus time for transportation to the clinic, setup and recovery.