New home and specialist for Merced Dialysis Center

aibarra@mercedsunstar.comJuly 4, 2014 

The Ladenheim Dialysis Access Centers office in Merced, which specializes in dialysis care for patients with renal disease, is moving to a new location, the result of growth in patients and staff.

The current center will close today, and the new one is set to open its doors Monday. The new office is at at 900 W. Olive Ave.

Dr. Eric Ladenheim, president of LDAC Vascular Centers, has served the Central Valley since 1998. During this time, Ladenheim has seen the need for dialysis services grow.

“We’ve experienced very fast growth, so it’s time for us to expand,” Ladenheim said. “Unfortunately, the Central Valley has a growing number of patients in need of kidney dialysis treatments and a shortage of specialists. And that’s too bad because there are a lot of opportunities for good medical specialists here.”

LDAC also has two centers in Fresno and one in Visalia. Together, the centers have six physicians, including Dr. Jose Zamora, who recently made the move from San Diego to Merced.

In San Diego, Zamora focused on kidney and pancreas transplants and helped start the Pancreas Transplant Center at Sharp Memorial Hospital. In Merced, Zamora plans to focus exclusively on dialysis.

“I developed a dialysis access procedure that I presented to the Vascular Access Society of America earlier this year, and it was well received,” Zamora said. “Dr. Ladenheim and I are both known in the dialysis access community, so teaming up is going to give us lots of opportunities to develop some great things.”

Zamora, who speaks Spanish and has more than 20 years of experience, said he had job offerings in Oklahoma and Washington but opted to stay in California. Zamora felt Merced was the place where he was most needed because of the city’s large Latino community and need for Spanish-speaking specialists.

Ladenheim said the four centers have a total of about 2,000 patients. Specialists see about 15 patients per day at the Merced office.

The leading causes for kidney disease, he said, are diabetes and high blood pressure, both of which can be prevented.

“Diabetes does not have to lead to chronic kidney disease,” Ladenheim said. “If people follow up with their primary care practitioner and watch their diet, they can prevent it.”

Sun-Star staff writer Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.com.

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