Dialysis/End Stage Renal Disease

At Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital, we recognize the critical role of dialysis in the continuum of care of children with kidney failure. Many of our children who come to Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital for kidney transplantation do so while receiving maintenance dialysis. We believe optimal dialysis is a key contributor to the excellent outcomes our kidney transplant program provides. Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital 1000 square-foot dialysis center houses 7 state of- the-art dialysis machines plus a training area where parents learn to care for their children on dialysis at home.

Our Dialysis Center is located inside the Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital, and are seen by the medical team during dialysis to monitor care and respond to problems. Children receive highly specialized nursing care and attention from a multi-disciplinary team in a cheerful and stimulating setting. The expertise of the dialysis team keeps patients awaiting kidney transplants in optimal physical condition, while the Center’s fun and creative activities boost patient morale. Children can access the Internet, play video games, watch movies, spend time with child life therapists and complete homework.

Programs
Hemodialysis
Peritoneal Dialysis

Dialysis Team
Medical Director: Rita D Swinford, MD
Clinical Manager: Nancy Chikezie, RN

Dialysis Unit Staff
Clinical Manager: Nancy Chikezie RN
Joselito Padaoan, RN
James Pallathu, RN
Martha Elmore, RN
Ava Schmitz, RN
Chinasa Nwagbara, RN
Stephanie Walker, RN
Robin Raju, CHPCT
Ronald Santarina, RN

Child Life: Julia Martinez, BS

Make an Appointment: 713.704.0093