Hemodialysis treatments in a center where the focus is on you

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Expert care from a team of friendly healthcare professionals

As you enter a Satellite Healthcare dialysis center, you’re warmly greeted by staff who are here to help you have a high-quality, safe, and comfortable hemodialysis treatment.   


Before you begin treatment, the staff confirms a set schedule with you to make sure you get the amount of dialysis your kidney doctor prescribes. Most people have center hemodialysis treatments for 3 to 4 hours, 3 times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays or Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays).


Treatment is given in a patient care area. Centers usually care for 24 to 36 people at a time and have 3 to 4 shifts per day. Your care team begins your treatment and then checks on you to make sure everything is going well and that you’re as comfortable as possible.


After your treatment, you may rest in the dialysis chair for a few minutes until you’re ready to go home. It’s common for people to feel tired after treatment; most feel better after a few hours.

Center hemodialysis might be the right treatment if you:

  • Like having treatment with others close by
  • Like seeing your care team frequently and having them monitor each
  • Can travel to and from the center at least three days a week
  • Have a flexible work or school schedule
  • Are good at following a set meal plan

During your 3-4 hour treatment:

Meet with your care team

Members of your care team may stop by to check in on you, give you medications, and help you learn more about what you can do to feel your best. They’re also available anytime to answer your questions.

Enjoy some entertainment

Your dialysis chair includes your own television with remote control. The center also has Wi-Fi for your battery-operated devices. Plug in a pair of headphones and enjoy your favorite movie, audiobook or playlist.

Catch up on your sleep

Some people on dialysis bring a cozy blanket and pillow and take the opportunity to sleep. The staff does its best to interrupt you as little as possible when you would like to rest.

Hemodialysis (HD)

Your blood is cleaned by sending it through an artificial kidney.

A little at a time, blood flows out of the body into the dialysis machine. Waste and extra fluid are removed from your blood. The cleaned blood is returned to your body.

Take a minute to see how hemodialysis works to clean your blood.
dialysis in a center

Hemodialysis (HD) for those who test positive for COVID-19

People with COVID-19 who don’t need hospitalization receive the same individualized, compassionate care, with added precautions to prevent the spread of infection. Treatment may be received in a separate room at your regular center. Sometimes, treatment may be temporarily rescheduled to a time or location where you can get the care you need from a specially trained team. No matter what, Satellite is here to make sure you get the dialysis you need to be as healthy as possible.


Learn more things you can do to be safer from COVID-19.

Many people have dialysis treatments in a center three times a week:

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays OR Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for 3-4 hours between 5:00 AM and 5:00 PM. However, some Satellite Healthcare locations offer additional options that may fit your lifestyle better.

Nocturnal hemodialysis

Centers with nighttime hours offer treatments in the evenings or overnight. This is a good option for people who have daytime jobs, go to school, or have other things they must do during the day. These treatments also tend to be longer and can be gentler on your body.

Optimal Transitions

This four-week program offers more frequent treatment and in-depth dialysis education to jump-start a healthy dialysis lifestyle. It includes opportunities to learn about all dialysis treatment options up close so you have the information you need to live your best life possible.

You and your care team

You are the most important person on your dialysis team. Standing by you are highly-trained and supportive health care experts ready to help you live a better life.


Meet the care team
home dialysis care team

In the words of our patients

I feel like it’s a whole village taking care of me. Wilson
I feel a lot better on nocturnal. It’s a world of difference compared to the day. Because it’s so much slower it’s easier on the body. When I get done I’m able to work. David
Dialysis has reversed the whole thing. Now I do 100 pushups in the morning and I do 100 pushups in the evening. I do 50 laps, and then I’ll go ride the bike. I’m not trying to impress you, I’m trying to express what dialysis can do. Ken