Bessemer Kidney Center

Detailed report on the dialysis center located in Bessemer, Alabama (AL).

Bessemer Kidney Center is a large dialysis clinic with 36 stations based at 950 Medical Center Drive in Bessemer, AL. The for-profit facility is operated by Renal Care Group, Inc, which runs other dialysis facilities. The center was certified by Medicare in 1988. The facility offers in-center hemodialysis services. The patient survival category for this clinic is average.

Staff is made up of the full time equivalent of 4.80 registered nurses, 7.58 licensed practical nurses, 5.86 technicians, 0.88 social workers, 1.04 dietitians, 2.26 administrators, 1.44 managers, and 0.76 other employees. A total of 137 Medicare patients were given outpatient care and services in 2006, and the provider was reimbursed $2,258,278 by Medicare. Bessemer Kidney Center furnished 109,842 units of epoetin to patients in 2006, which is below average when compared nationally. The number of patients that have a URR of 65% or more is on par with national levels. Patients with a HCT of 33% or higher is close to national levels.

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Operated By

Renal Care Group, Inc

Ownership Type

For-Profit

Address

950 Medical Center Drive
Bessemer, AL 35022

Phone Number

(205) 424-3757

Geographic Coordinates

33.371487, -86.989176
* The accuracy of these coordinates is at a address level.

Certification Date

03/22/1988
* Originally passed inspection by Medicare or Medicaid on this date. This is not the same as accreditation.

Stations

The total number of dialysis stations the facility operates. Each patient is assigned to a station when receiving dialysis treatment. Typically, a single station offers just one type of dialysis treatment, but multiple station types can be offered per facility.

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36
Bessemer Average
26
Jefferson County Average
20
Alabama Average
16
United States Average
17

Services

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In-Center Hemodialysis Service

Status

Indicates whether the facility offers hemodialysis services on site. Hemodialysis is the process of pumping blood through a dialyzer with dialysate. After being cleaned, the cleansed blood is the returned to the body.

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Yes
Bessemer
2 (100.00%) Offer this Service
Jefferson County
15 (93.75%) Offer this Service
Alabama
105 (95.45%) Offer this Service
United States
4,686 (96.96%) Offer this Service

Hemodialysis Training Service

Status

Indicates whether the facility offers hemodialysis training at patients' place of residence.

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No
Bessemer
0 (0.00%) Offer this Service
Jefferson County
4 (25.00%) Offer this Service
Alabama
14 (12.73%) Offer this Service
United States
806 (16.68%) Offer this Service

Late Shift Service

Status

Indicates whether the facility has a shift starting at 5:00 PM or later.

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No
Bessemer
0 (0.00%) Offer this Service
Jefferson County
0 (0.00%) Offer this Service
Alabama
1 (0.91%) Offer this Service
United States
931 (19.26%) Offer this Service

In-Center Peritoneal Service

Status

Indicates whether the facility offers peritoneal services on site. Peritoneal dialysis is the process running a sterile solution of minerals and glucose through a tube into the peritoneal cavity. The dialysate is left for a period of time to absorb the waste products and then drained.

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No
Bessemer
0 (0.00%) Offer this Service
Jefferson County
5 (31.25%) Offer this Service
Alabama
33 (30.00%) Offer this Service
United States
2,235 (46.24%) Offer this Service

Quality Measures

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Patient Survival

The patient survival category set by Medicare and Medicaid directly. Facilities fall into one of three categories; better than expected, as expected, or worse than expected.

As Expected
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Patients with URR of 65% or More

The number and percentage of patients that had a urea reduction ratio of 65% or higher. The URR is a measure used to quantify hemodialysis treatment. A higher value is better, with the minimum accepted value by Medicare and Medicaid being 65%.

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88 (97.00%)
Bessemer
143 (98.50%)
Jefferson County
827 (96.57%)
Alabama
4,914 (95.45%)
United States
225,886 (94.68%)

Patients with HCT of 33% or More

The number and percentage of patients that had a hematocrit level of 33% or higher. The hematocrit level of an individual is considered an integral part of their complete blood count. Typical hematocrit levels are 38% to 52% in males and 37% to 47% in females.

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84 (95.00%)
Bessemer
124 (89.50%)
Jefferson County
834 (92.40%)
Alabama
4,814 (92.11%)
United States
221,150 (92.20%)

Staff

Registered Nurses on Staff

The number of full time equivalent registered nurses employed on staff by this provider in 2006. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

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4.80
Bessemer Average
4.30
Jefferson County Average
4.78
Alabama Average
3.91
United States Average
3.91

Licensed Practical Nurses on Staff

The number of full time equivalent licensed practical nurses employed on staff by this provider in 2006. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

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7.58
Bessemer Average
3.82
Jefferson County Average
1.59
Alabama Average
0.58
United States Average
0.82

Doctors on Staff

The number of full time equivalent doctors employed on staff by this provider in 2006. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

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0.00
Bessemer Average
0.00
Jefferson County Average
0.00
Alabama Average
0.00
United States Average
0.09

Nursing Aides on Staff

The number of full time equivalent nursing aides employed on staff by this provider in 2006. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

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0.00
Bessemer Average
0.00
Jefferson County Average
0.00
Alabama Average
0.19
United States Average
0.31

Technicians on Staff

The number of full time equivalent technicians employed on staff by this provider in 2006. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

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5.86
Bessemer Average
6.04
Jefferson County Average
7.25
Alabama Average
5.44
United States Average
7.03

Social Workers on Staff

The number of full time equivalent social workers employed on staff by this provider in 2006. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

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0.88
Bessemer Average
0.83
Jefferson County Average
0.76
Alabama Average
0.53
United States Average
0.66

Dieticians on Staff

The number of full time equivalent dietitians employed on staff by this provider in 2006. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

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1.04
Bessemer Average
0.81
Jefferson County Average
0.77
Alabama Average
0.46
United States Average
0.57

Administrators on Staff

The number of full time equivalent administrators employed on staff by this provider in 2006. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

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2.26
Bessemer Average
2.13
Jefferson County Average
2.15
Alabama Average
1.65
United States Average
1.79

Management on Staff

The number of full time equivalent management employed on staff by this provider in 2006. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

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1.44
Bessemer Average
0.72
Jefferson County Average
0.74
Alabama Average
0.95
United States Average
0.82

Others on Staff

The number of full time equivalent other employees employed on staff by this provider in 2006. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

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0.76
Bessemer Average
0.38
Jefferson County Average
0.30
Alabama Average
0.37
United States Average
0.50

Registered Nurses on Call

The number of full time equivalent registered nurses employed on call at this provider. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

This Provider This Provider
0.00
Bessemer Average
0.00
Jefferson County Average
0.02
Alabama Average
0.05
United States Average
0.06

Licensed Practical Nurses on Call

The number of full time equivalent licensed practical nurses employed on call at this provider. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

This Provider This Provider
0.00
Bessemer Average
0.00
Jefferson County Average
0.00
Alabama Average
0.00
United States Average
0.01

Doctors on Call

The number of full time equivalent doctors employed on call at this provider. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

This Provider This Provider
0.00
Bessemer Average
0.13
Jefferson County Average
0.12
Alabama Average
0.08
United States Average
0.13

Nursing Aides on Call

The number of full time equivalent nursing aides employed on call at this provider. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

This Provider This Provider
0.00
Bessemer Average
0.00
Jefferson County Average
0.00
Alabama Average
0.00
United States Average
0.00

Technicians on Call

The number of full time equivalent technicians employed on call at this provider. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

This Provider This Provider
0.00
Bessemer Average
0.00
Jefferson County Average
0.00
Alabama Average
0.01
United States Average
0.04

Social Workers on Call

The number of full time equivalent social workers employed on call at this provider. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

This Provider This Provider
0.00
Bessemer Average
0.00
Jefferson County Average
0.00
Alabama Average
0.00
United States Average
0.02

Dieticians on Call

The number of full time equivalent dietitians employed on call at this provider. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

This Provider This Provider
0.00
Bessemer Average
0.00
Jefferson County Average
0.00
Alabama Average
0.00
United States Average
0.03

Administrators on Call

The number of full time equivalent administrators employed on call at this provider. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

This Provider This Provider
0.00
Bessemer Average
0.00
Jefferson County Average
0.00
Alabama Average
0.00
United States Average
0.03

Management on Call

The number of full time equivalent management employed on call at this provider. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

This Provider This Provider
0.00
Bessemer Average
0.00
Jefferson County Average
0.00
Alabama Average
0.00
United States Average
0.02

Others on Call

The number of full time equivalent other employees employed on call at this provider. Staff and on call employees are mutually exclusive.

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0.00
Bessemer Average
0.00
Jefferson County Average
0.00
Alabama Average
0.01
United States Average
0.01

Treatment Figures

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Units of Epoetin Furnished

The number of units of epoetin (EPO) furnished by this provider to its patients in 2006.

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109,842
Bessemer Average
113,579
Jefferson County Average
112,932
Alabama Average
75,323
United States Average
259,761

Outpatients

The number of outpatients treated by this provider that were covered by Medicare Part B in 2006. An outpatient is defined as a patient treated in under 24 hours at a qualifying medical facility.

Note:

These figures may include data from other departments at this facility.

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137
Jefferson County Average
125
Alabama Average
95
United States Average
795

Financials

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Medicare Outpatient Payments

The total outpatient associated Medicare Part B payments made to this provider in 2006. An outpatient is defined as a patient treated in under 24 hours at a qualifying medical facility.

Note:

These figures may include data from other departments at this facility.

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$2,258,278
Jefferson County Average
$2,271,184
Alabama Average
$1,664,415
United States Average
$2,073,232

Medicare Payments Per Outpatient

The average Medicare payments made to this provider per Medicare Part B covered outpatient in 2006. An outpatient is defined as a patient treated in under 24 hours at a qualifying medical facility.

Note:

These figures may include data from other departments at this facility.

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$16,484
Jefferson County Average
$18,121
Alabama Average
$17,493
United States Average
$2,609

Reviews and Ratings

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This dialysis unit is the worst of it's kind. The manager is very unprofessional.My mom was a patient and transferred.I had even called from the waiting area and the manager told them to say she wasn't there while I'm looking at her. This could have been life or death.She once told my mom she had the doctor wrapped around her finger and he won't believe anything they say about her because he's suppose to create a job for her with him after she get her masters degree.To my understanding she's on maternity leave so while she's out I hope she have time to think about her impact on others. I don't think this is fair to ill patients. I would not recommend this facility to anyone.

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Last Modified

Saturday, August 30, 2008 1:25 PM MST

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  2. Dialysis Center
    Bessemer Dialysis
    Located 6.45 miles away in Bessemer at 901 Westlake Mall Suite 101.
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    Located 10.65 miles away in Birmingham at 2630 Avenue E.
  4. Dialysis Center
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  5. Dialysis Center
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    Located 12.07 miles away in Alabaster at 1022 First Street North Suite 101.
Note: There are a total of 15 centers within 35 miles of this provider.

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Bessemer at a Glance

Bessemer has a total population of 29,672, of which 7,948 are children under the age of 18 and 4,881 are seniors 65 and older. The median age is 35.9.

Total Population:
29,672
Median Age:
35.9
Males:
13,450 (45.3%)
Female:
16,222 (54.7%)
Children (0-17):
7,948 (26.8%)
Adults (18-64):
16,843 (56.8%)
Seniors (65+):
4,881 (16.4%)
Age Breakdown:
Breakdown of age groups in Bessemer
Married:
9,660 (32.6%)
Divorced:
2,686 (9.1%)
Marriage Breakdown:
Breakdown of marriage in Bessemer
Hispanic Ethnicity:
338 (1.14%)
White:
8,584 (28.93%)
African American:
20,638 (69.55%)
Asian:
52 (0.18%)
Pacific Islander:
5 (0.02%)
Indian:
82 (0.28%)
Other:
90 (0.30%)
Two or More:
221 (0.74%)
Racial Breakdown:
Breakdown of race in Bessemer

Health

The average number of disabilities per resident is 0.52, which does not include institutionalized individuals.

Disabilities:
0.52 (Per Capita)
Dialysis Centers:
2
Doctors:
154
Home Agencies:
1
Hospitals:
1
Nursing Homes:
3
Medical Suppliers:
21
Rehab Centers:
2

Wealth

The median family income is $28,230 while the median household income is $23,066. Roughly 26.86% of the population live in poverty.

Family Income:
$28,230
Household Income:
$23,066
In Poverty:
26.86%

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