Patients turned away from Montefiore Dialysis Center in Norwood

Hundreds of Bronx residents with Medicare and Medicaid who rely on getting dialysis treatment at the Montefiore center in Norwood have been turned away. Now, they are left searching for another place to get their treatments.

Maida Acosta had to wait two years to get her current dialysis schedule at the center. The treatment has become part of her routine, but that has suddenly changed. Acosta and some 400 other patients were only given two day's notice that they would have to find an alternate place for treatment because the Montefiore center was dropped by Medicare and Medicaid.

According to federal officials and patients, the level of care at the center has declined to an unacceptable level. Although it still bears the name Montefiore, the dialysis center is actually owned by the Renal Research Institute. A representative from the center issued a statement saying, "We and our administrators are working to make all corrections necessary to satisfy our regulatory obligations and re-apply for participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs."

Meantime, patients are hoping that Montefiore Medical Center takes over the facility. A spokesmen for the hospital said officials stand ready to consider any reasonable offer made by the state.

The state Department of Health is overseeing the transition for Bronx patients to see that they receive uninterrupted care.

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