Davita Lufkin Dialysis Center Scheduled To Reopen

KLTV 7 News has learned Davita Lufkin Dialysis Center is scheduled to reopen Wednesday, July 2, with the state's full approval.  That's according to company spokesman Michael Chee.

Chee says the state has been working with the dialysis center to correct problems cited by the state, including hiring an approved physician monitor, two nurse monitors, and a technical monitor.  The center also had to post a notice letting patients know that during an investigation there were many deficiencies.

Chee told KTRE the center would be accepting patients on Wednesday, however, he declined to comment on the state's investigation, or on any measures taken to correct problems identified by the state.  He did say he would be at the Lufkin facility on Wednesday and would make a statement at that time.

The Davita Lufkin Dialysis Center was originally closed following the launch of a criminal investigation.  A 34-year-old former dialysis center nurse is free on bond after she was accused of injecting bleach into two patients.  Kimberly Clark Saenz is charged with two counts of aggravated assault.  That investigation is now in the hands of the Angelina County District Attorney's office.  Assistant D-A Art Bauereiss says the investigation continues.  He says they are waiting on lab results from forensic evidence and expects the case to be presented to a grand jury soon.

Information from KTRE - Lufkin.