San Antonio Kidney Disease Access Center Serving Patients and Saving Lives

Lisa Ann Gdowski
Wednesday, July 22, 2015


State-of-the-art vascular center celebrates 20,000 patient encounter milestone since opening in 2003

San Antonio, TX   The physicians ofSan Antonio Kidney Disease Access Center are proud to announce that in June they reached a landmark milestone of 20,000 procedures performed since their opening in 2003.  The center has become a leading provider for dialysis access care in San Antonio and South Central Texas by offering a continuum of services for their patients including angioplasty, thrombectomy, catheter placement, peritoneal dialysis catheter care, vessel mapping and lower extremity angiography for patients suffering from Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).  Under the physician leadership of Terry Fried, MD, the center has sustained an impressive 99% overall procedure success rate and it is this dedication to high quality vascular care that has resulted in marked improvements in the health of their patients.

Geraldo Chica, MD, Rajeev Narayan, MD, and Matthew Schaefer, DO, are the interventional nephrologists at the center, who along with an experienced staff of nurses, radiologic technologists, and an access coordinator, provide dialysis patients with excellent vascular access care each day in a dedicated, positive, caring environment. One patient recently remarked about her experience at the center, “My care was professional, warm and caring.  Everyone has a good upbeat sense of humor which puts you immediately at ease as a patient.  I love the staff!”

San Antonio Kidney Disease Access Center– as part of the Lifeline Vascular Access system of managed centers – is accredited by The Joint Commission and located at 7114 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, TX  78216.  For more information about the facility and its services, call (210) 342-2233 or visit them on the web

About Vascular Access

It is estimated that over 5,000 people in San Antonio and South Central Texas required life-saving kidney dialysis this past year.  Hemodialysis is a method of cleaning the blood when the kidneys have failed, and for this to happen most successfully, patients require a special access to the bloodstream, called a “vascular access.” The health and success of an access contributes greatly to the health of the dialysis patient. Historically, problems with a vascular access have been treated in the hospital by interventional radiologists or vascular surgeons. However, a recent study* has shown that treating issues such as clotting or narrowing of the vascular access in an outpatient center instead of in the hospital outpatient department decreases the number of infections, hospitalizations, overall cost of care, and ultimately, reduces mortality in dialysis patients.

Lifeline Vascular Access is the nation’s leading provider of vascular access management services, working with premier physician practices to develop and manage physician-owned outpatient centers.  The centers provide focused, coordinated, outcome-driven vascular access care to patients receiving hemodialysis treatment.  Lifeline Vascular Access manages centers in 20 states and Puerto Rico, and its affiliated physicians have had over 900,000 patient encounters.  Lifeline Vascular Access and its system of vascular access centers have been re-accredited by the Joint Commission since 2006, receiving the Gold Seal of Approval™.  This seal is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting high healthcare performance standards.  For more information visitLifelineVascularAccess.comor call 1-877-658-6800.

*Data based on a study conducted by Dobson | DaVanzo & Associates, published in Seminars in Dialysis 26.5 (2013), “Clinical and Economic Value of Performing Dialysis Vascular Access Procedures in a Freestanding Office-Based Center as Compared with the Hospital Outpatient Department among Medicare ESRD Beneficiaries”.