The Benefis Dialysis Unit offers a variety of services that we hope will make your treatment as comfortable as possible. The Dialysis Unit is located on the top level of Benefis Doctors Plaza located at 2800 11th Avenue South in Great Falls.
If you have questions about the Dialysis Unit, please contact the Dialysis Manager at 406.455.3960.
- CAPD (Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis)
- CCPD (Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis)
- Home hemodialysis
- A variety of inpatient therapies for patients with acute and chronic renal failure.
What to Expect
As a patient in our Dialysis Unit, you benefit from the following professionals, who work in conjunction with your nephrologist to provide you with the best care possible:
- Professional RNs and LPNs trained in all forms of renal therapy
- A social worker
- A dietitian
In-center treatments are assigned regular scheduled appointment times. Treatments are performed three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
We try to meet your requests for specific times. However, when this is not possible we will place you on a waiting list for the specific slot and/or day that you desire.
If you wish to make a change to your schedule, please contact the dialysis unit as soon as possible so that we can accommodate you. Please call us at 406.455.3960.
Home Dialysis patient appointments are made by calling 406.455.3969.
Benefis Dialysis can accommodate visitors. Please contact the unit at least one month prior so that we can make arrangements. Children under age 12 are not permitted in the Dialysis Unit. Also, for your safety, we do not allow visitors while we are starting and stopping the dialysis treatment.
Each patient is provided their own telephone for use during their treatment for local calls. Long distance calls must go through a hospital operator and be charged to a credit card. By dialing 406.455.3960, you may contact a patient receiving treatment.
You will have your own individual television for use during treatments. These will only work with headphones, as this helps to keep the treatment area quiet.
Headphones are not provided. Headphones cannot be stored in the unit as there is a risk of loss and infection. Therefore, you will need to bring them in during your treatments.
For your convenience, we have a large selection of audio books and cassette players that may be used during your treatment.
Each patient is required to bring in all medications, including herbal supplements and over the counter medications, that they may be taking every month. If you are an in-center hemodialysis patient, then you should bring your medications the first week of the month. If you do your own treatment, you should bring your medication when you have your clinic visit.
Food and Drink
The consumption of food and/or beverages during the dialysis procedure adds additional and unnecessary risks; therefore, we have adopted a policy of no eating or drinking during treatments.
Patients who attempt to eat or drink while on hemodialysis will be instructed about the health and safety risks. If you decide to ignore these warnings, your treatment will be discontinued.
For your own comfort, please bring your own blanket. Personal blankets cannot be left in the unit, as there is a risk of loss and infection.
The Dialysis Unit can help you with travel arrangements. Most clinics need at least one month's notice in order to accommodate a patient's travel arrangement. Please do not book flights until dialysis arrangements can be made. Please ask the nursing staff for additional information.
We provide emergency coverage on off-hours and weekends when the Dialysis Unit is normally closed. If you need to speak to a dialysis nurse, please call the hospital operator at 406.455.5000 and ask them to page the on-call dialysis nurse.
Free parking is available in front of the building.