2013-05-10 / Community

Rockaway Dialysis Centre Opens!

By Dan Guarino


Celebrating the grand opening of Rockaway Dialysis’ new center (from left to right): Dr. Polina Khanina; Dr. Abiola Familusi; Rhonda Bair, LCSW-R; Dr. Joseph Zeitlin, and Dr. Olusegun Ogunfowora. Celebrating the grand opening of Rockaway Dialysis’ new center (from left to right): Dr. Polina Khanina; Dr. Abiola Familusi; Rhonda Bair, LCSW-R; Dr. Joseph Zeitlin, and Dr. Olusegun Ogunfowora. “We saw the need,” said Rhonda Bair, Vice President of Operations, at the grand opening of Rockaway Dialysis Centre’s new state of the art facility at 529 Beach 20th Street, Far Rockaway.

Staff, patients, doctors, invited guests and community members celebrated its official opening on Monday, April 22nd, with live jazz music, champagne and colorful food at the center, which sported red, white and silver balloons for the occasion.

Visitors were given a full tour of the expansive multi-level facility, which features a large, comfortable dialysis treatment area as well as processing, staff and support areas.

“After the storm there’s a strong feeling of rebuilding of businesses (in Rockaway),” said Bair.


Rockaway Dialysis Centre, a new state of the art facility, is now open in Far Rockaway. Rockaway Dialysis Centre, a new state of the art facility, is now open in Far Rockaway. She noted that the medical center, of which the new dialysis unit is a part, was up and running, with the aid of generators two days after Hurricane Sandy and ready to help patients in need.

Added newly appointed Nurse Manager Jim Bulva, “What really attracted me was the community outreach here.”

The opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was hosted by Dr. Olusegun Ogunfowora, Dr. Polina Khanina and Dr. Abiola Familusi. Their guest of honor was Emblem Health Medical Director Dr. Joseph Zeitlin.

The Rockaway Dialysis Centre is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Guests celebrated the grand opening with champagne, food and live jazz music. Guests celebrated the grand opening with champagne, food and live jazz music.

Vice President of Operations Rhonda Bair, LCSW-R, personally welcomed guests and toured visitors through the new, multi-level facility. Photos 2, 3 & 4 by Dan Guarino Vice President of Operations Rhonda Bair, LCSW-R, personally welcomed guests and toured visitors through the new, multi-level facility. Photos 2, 3 & 4 by Dan Guarino

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