The Donald Gene Jarvis Dialysis Unit provides outpatient hemodialysis services to patients who have been diagnosed with renal failure.

Before the Dialysis Unit opened, patients had to travel out of the town 3 times a week. Now, out of town travel is unnecessary with treatment available closer to home. Our 24 station center has the capacity to treat patients in our outpatient center. Dialysis is also available as an in-patient service for those patients requiring dialysis during hospitalization.

Wilkes Medical Center offers transient dialysis for patients in need of dialysis who are traveling through or visiting in our area.

The Dialysis Unit is currently accepting new patients. For more information, please contact 336-667-3762.

About Donald Gene Jarvis

Donald Gene "Don" Jarvis, a longtime member of the Wilkes Medical Center board of trustees, was recognized by his peers by naming the hospital's dialysis center in his honor.

Before his death, Jarvis, who suffered from cancer, was presented with a portrait of himself with a plaque that was placed in the lobby of the dialysis center in West Park.

Jarvis served on the hospital board from September 1996 until November 2004. "Don had quite an affection for the dialysis center," said former Wilkes Medical Center CEO Ted Chapin. "He felt strongly that people should be able to stay in the county for the service. He was instrumental in getting it back under the hospital's management and growing the services."

The plaque in the lobby reads: "Donald Gene Jarvis: For turning a dream into a reality."