BREAKING NEW GROUND KIDNEY DIALYSIS CENTER SLATED FOR LANCASTER.
LANCASTER - City officials helped ceremoniously break ground for a new kidney dialysis center that will also train dialysis technicians and nurses.
The Antelope Valley Kidney Institute is being built at 15th Street West and Avenue J-8, near both Antelope Valley Hospital and Lancaster Community Hospital.
The 20-station outpatient renal center will provide high-flux hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis to kidney patients.
In addition, Lancaster Dr. Vinay Sunku will relocate his nephrology practice into the same building adjacent to the dialysis center and Plush Systems Inc. will locate its hemodialysis training from Palmdale.
The institute will also be operated by Dr. Jay Shankar, who operates two chronic dialysis units in Victorville and Barstow, serving more than 200 patients.
Sunku has practiced in the Antelope Valley since 1995. He completed his internal medicine residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York and his nephrology fellowship at State University of New York.
Plush Systems is a health education and consulting business operated by nurse practitioner Linda Plush. Plush Systems has been providing a basic hemodialysis training course since 1991 and has trained more than 400 dialysis nurses and technicians.
Plush completed the family nurse practitioner program at Azusa Pacific College in Asusa. She received her certification from the Board of Nephrology Examiners in 1982. She is also certified by the American Nephrology Nurses Association as an advanced practice nurse.
(1) Breaking ground for the new Antelope Valley Kidney Institute are from left: Larry Grooms, field representative for Assemblywoman Sharon Runner; nurse practitioner Linda Plush, Dr. Vinay Sunku, Dr. Jay Shankar, Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts, and Michael D. Keyes and Robert C. Altis of American Bio-Medical Constructors Corp.
(2) Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts speaks at Monday's groundbreaking ceremony for the dialysis center.
Jeff Goldwater/Staff Photographer