Saturday, July 15, 2000

Health center to bring dialysis to Silverton

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SILVERTON — Waiting for a kidney is bad enough for Alvin Williams.

        But his misery is worst on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, when he travels from Silverton to Walnut Hills to be hooked up to a dialysis machine most of the day.

        “I have been waiting for a kidney for three years,” said Mr. Williams, 43, of Odin Avenue. “I have been using the dialysis machine for about five years. I am praying to get a new kidney soon.”

        There is no news on akidney, but he did learn that a dialysis clinic will be built less than a mile from his home. He hopes he can get transferred there.

        “The Red Cross picks him up and takes him to the clinic in Walnut Hills”, said his mother, Evon Williams, “but I have to fight the freeway traffic to pick him up. A new clinic out here will be welcomed.”

        The Gambro Health Care Center, which will house the dialysis clinic, broke ground last week at Silverton and South streets .

        David Waltz, city administrator, said the clinic is expected to be completed in late fall.

        “The clinic is one of several new businesses we are bringing into the city's busi ness district,” Mr. Waltz said. He said the clinic will have about four or five doctors and expects to employ about 10 or 15 other people.

        Mr. Waltz, who focuses on bringing business to Silverton, said a CVS superstore had its grand openinglast weekend. It was built at Plainfield and Montgomery roads, where Grafton's Restaurant was for 68 years.


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