Department

Nephrology Specialty Center

Nephrology’s Patient Care Philosopy

          K – kind, compassionate care for
          I – individuals
          D – dealing with
          N – nephrology related health issues, striving to provide
          E – excellent service for
          Y – you and your loved ones

What is Nephrology?

Nephrology is the subspecialty of internal medicine involving the study and treatment of kidney (renal) disease and some forms of high blood pressure (hypertension). Great Falls Clinic currently has two full-time Nephrologists in practice. They treat the entire spectrum of kidney diseases, including adult patients with early renal disease to patients with end-stage renal disease requiring dialysis, as well as those patients who receive kidney transplants.

Dialysis is a form of artificial kidney replacement therapy. Nephrologists at Great Falls Clinic work closely with the staff at the Benefis Dialysis Unit, as well as other dialysis units in Havre, Montana to provide this service. We work together with different transplant centers and have a steady relationship with Sacred Heart in Spokane, Washington. Sacred Heart accomodates a yearly visit to see patients referred to them for a transplant workshop. This workshop entails information on their facility, what a kidney transplant is, benefits, risks, the procedure(s), follow up care, etc. at our “Choices Program,” we discuss dialysis options. Although kidney transplants are not currently performed in Great Falls, the nephrology division at Great Falls Clinic assist patients with post-transplant follow-up care, since those patients generally require life-long medications to suppress the immune system in order to prevent rejection.

Although there are frequently no symptoms associated with early kidney disease or hypertension, your primary care physician is able to test for these conditions. If he or she discovers that renal disease is present or that hypertension is difficult to control, you may be referred to a nephrologist at Great Falls Clinic.

Services
  • Treatment of Kidney Disease
  • Treatment of Hypertension
  • Treatment of Electrolyte Imbalances
  • Yearly Choices Education Program for Patients Nearing ESRD
  • Care for ESRD Patients Requiring Dialysis
  • Outreach Clinics
Department Hours
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Contact This Department
Great Falls Clinic Specialty Center
3000 15th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT 59405
406.454.2171
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