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SJHH / Health Services/ Kidney & Urinary Services

Kidney & Urinary Services

What this program does...

The Kidney and Urinary program at St. Joseph's Healthcare is the regional referral and renal transplantation centre in south central Ontario for patients with end stage renal disease. The program also houses the urology service that cares for patients with disease or dysfunction of the urinary system.

The program is one of the largest regional programs in the province supporting more than 2,000 patients and providing a spectrum of care from tertiary acute to chronic management of kidney disease.

The program includes all components of a comprehensive regional kidney and urinary program including:

  • Hemodialysis
  • Home, In-Centre, and Satellite Programs
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Renal Transplants
  • Surgical Urology Program
  • Pre-dialysis
  • Nephrology Clinics

Referral Process

We are now accepting electronic external referrals through Ocean eReferral!

Electronic referrals (through Ocean eReferral) can be sent directly from most EMRs. We can be found on the Healthmap by searching 'Nephrology', 'St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton' or a specific nephrology. Click HERE to view the healthmap.

New to Ocean eReferral? The team at the eHealth Centre of Excellent is here to help. Please visit their website and click the 'get started' button: eReferral - eHealth Centre of Excellence


How this program helps...

As the regional centre for surgical and medical management of kidney and urinary diseases, our program has access to resources across inter-related disciplines and programs. Designed to serve our complex patient population, we deliver exceptional care for our patients and their families while also providing an environment that supports staff, physicians, medical and allied health learners and researchers.

We are constantly working to improve our services by providing centralized patient support in two care environments including Nephrology Service and Transplant Service. The Kidney and Urinary inpatient unit also houses a resource and learning centre that provides education and counseling to patients and their families.

The goal of this program is to establish an environment that supports patients and families as partners in care, allowing SJHH to provide the best care and health education related to nephrological and urological disorders. In addition to streamlining local and regional referral processes for family physicians, we also provide an environment that supports the chronic disease management model established by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, including partnership in care and self-management strategies.

Innovative Research

In collaboration with the McMaster Division of Nephrology, St. Joseph’s clinical and basic research program in Nephrology is expanding more rapidly than any other research area. These vital nephrological research initiatives focus on the major areas of kidney disease in terms of worldwide suffering and economic impact. We are in the home of the Hamilton Centre for Kidney Research (HCKR), which combines expertise in clinical and basic research to reduce the risk of kidney disease and its complications. Over the last decade, the HCKR has developed from a single nephrologist to include four Clinician-Scientist Investigators, four PhD scientists and more than 45 research staff and trainees.

Our physicians, researchers, and surgeons are also working to advance surgical innovations in laparoscopic prostate and kidney surgery. A donation from Hamilton’s Boris Family supported the purchase of a da Vinci Si Surgical Robotic System. We are South Central Ontario’s only facility with a surgical robot to assist in minimally invasive surgical procedures. This is the most advanced surgical robotic system in the world.

Your Management Team

Nephrology Program & Transplant Program

Brooke Cowell

Medical Director:
Dr. Darin Treleaven

Urology Program

Brooke Cowell

Medical Director:
Dr. Kevin Piercey

Management Team

Lucy Batt
Nurse Manager | Hemodialysis 
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton | Charlton Campus
T: 905.522.1155 ext. 32040 | E:
50 Charlton Ave. E. | Hamilton, ON  L8N 4A6

Lucia Costantini
Nurse Manager | Nephrology IP | Renal Transplant Unit
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton | Charlton Campus
T: 905.522.1155 ext. 33469 |M: 905-979-0956
50 Charlton Ave. E. | Hamilton, ON  L8N 4A6

Yolanda Berghegen RN, BSN, C.Neph(C)
Nurse Manager
Oshweken Dialysis, Satellite Hemodialysis & Independent Therapies
Patient Engagement
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton | King Campus
T: 905 522-1155 x 38263    E:

Nancy Hemrica RN, BScN
Manager of Brantford and Ohsweken Dialysis
Manager of ORN Special Projects
T: 905-522-4941 ext 34918
Brantford: 1-519-751-5544 ext 4955

Denis Rabbat
Kidney Urinary Program, Technical Manager
T: 905-522-1155 x 33120
Charlton Campus

Sarah Parfeniuk
Nurse Manager, MCKC, Nephrology and Transplant Clinics

Additional Resources

Please click on the link below to learn more about the Kidney and Urinary program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

The Ontario Renal Network

The Nephron - Patient Newsletter