Press Release


American Renal Associates Opens a New Facility in
New Orleans, Louisiana

BEVERLY, MA - American Renal Associates LLC (“ARA”) today announced the opening of the New Orleans Kidney Center, a new outpatient facility located in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana.  The facility is now admitting patients after passing all regulatory requirements without any deficiencies. This is the 8th facility opened by ARA in 2007 and ARA’s 1st facility in the State of Louisiana. 

“This beautiful clinic in the heart of New Orleans, represents our first clinic in the great State of Louisiana. We are proud of our partnership with Dr. Angela Reginelli and Dr. Frank Cruz and honored that they chose to partner with ARA to open a state-of –the-art clinic for dialysis patients in the community. We have assembled an exceptional group of highly trained and experienced dialysis staff to provide the highest level of care to the patients we serve, “commented Steven Rastom, Vice President of Operations at ARA.
The New Orleans Kidney Center offers 15 hemodialysis stations and both peritoneal and home dialysis programs.  The facility is located in the Buckman building, Suite 200, across from the emergency room of Touro Infirmary.  Patients and staff may park in the Delachaise garage conveniently located adjacent to the Buchman Building.  This beautiful facility offers the latest in state-of-the-art technology including: heated massage chairs, individual patient flat screen TV with cable reception, individual radios with Sirius Satellite service, the latest Fresenius manufactured dialysis machines, DVD players, and wireless access for patients with wireless internet along with a very experienced and dedicated staff.

Three experienced nephrologists oversee the facility.  In speaking with Frank Cruz M.D.; Frank C. Cruz, M.D. and Angela Reginelli, M.D., facility Medical Director, they commented, “American Renal Associates is a unique dialysis company that allows doctors to have autonomy regarding issues such as equipment, supplies, nursing staff and other elements related to providing excellent patient care.  We are very fortunate to be partnering with such a forward moving and caring company that understands what it means to provide optimal patient care.”

ARA focuses on developing new start-up (de novo) treatment facilities in partnership with physicians and also acquires existing dialysis units in selective strategic markets.  The company opened 10 facilities in 2006 and has continued its strong growth throughout 2007. 

About American Renal Associates
American Renal Associates, Inc. is a leading owner and operator of outpatient kidney dialysis facilities operating facilities in partnership with nephrologists throughout the United States.   The Company’s unique operating philosophy merges physician autonomy, leading edge patient care and financial partnership between the nephrologist and ARA.  Consequently, within six years ARA has become one of the largest providers of outpatient kidney dialysis services in the nation with more than 66 facilities owned or managed. ARA facilities are located in 15 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit