Franciscan Health System plans to open a dialysis unit at 72nd Street and Portland Avenue in east Tacoma next month.
 
Franciscan Dialysis Center Eastside will include 12 dialysis stations with heated recliners for patients and amenities such as free wireless Internet, flat screen televisions and a spa-like ambiance. Additionally, there will be plenty of free parking and transportation shuttles can drop off or pick up individuals at the facility’s front door. Public transportation is also readily available, with a Pierce County bus transfer station nearby.
 
This will be the fourth Pierce County location at which the Franciscan organization provides dialysis. The others are St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma (inpatient and outpatient dialysis), St. Joseph Dialysis in Gig Harbor (outpatient dialysis) and St. Joseph Dialysis in Puyallup (outpatient dialysis). Franciscan also provides in-home dialysis throughout the region.
 

Franciscan has invested about $2.25 million in preparing the new dialysis unit, which will be in leased office space. About 15 Franciscan nurses, clinicians and other staff members will work there. The new center will create about 10 new jobs overall within the Franciscan organization.