Who We Are

We’re a nonprofit, community-based organization with a mission to promote the optimal health, quality of life and independence of people with kidney disease through patient care, education and research.

About us

Founded in Seattle in 1962, we are the world’s first dialysis organization. We are the provider of choice because of our high quality services, community connections and generous donor support.

We provide more than 250,000 dialysis treatments each year, for 1,600 patients who chose to dialyze in one of our centers or at home with our support.

We also treat patients at local hospitals, as we have since 1981. Our hospital services team provides 13,000 dialysis treatments each year to patients in hospitals across King County.

Read our 2016-2021 strategic plan

Nolfa Resma, a dialysis technician, at our Renton center.

Meet our leadership


Administration

Meet our senior management team who support our mission through strategy, vision and expertise. 

Get to know our administration

Board of Trustees

Our volunteer board of trustees governs Northwest Kidney Centers.

Meet our trustrees

Foundation Board

The Foundation Board volunteers time to raise funds and build relationships for us in the community.

Meet the members of our Foundation Board

Our heritage

We owe so much to the dedication and hard work of our founders and earliest employees. From Dr. Belding Scribner’s game-changing invention to breakthrough discoveries made by our Kidney Research Institute, we’ve always set our aims high.

Our reputation is built on more than 50 years of experience caring for people with kidney disease. As we’ve grown and expanded, our commitment to our patients has remained unwavering.

Read about the people who made us what we are today

Dr. Christopher Blagg, Northwest Kidney Centers executive director emeritus, at work in the 1960s.

Our highest honor

Northwest Kidney Centers gives the Clyde Shields Distinguished Service Award to people who make significant contributions to the welfare of kidney patients through advocacy, clinical care or research.

The award is named after the world’s first patient to live on maintenance hemodialysis. Mr. Shields had his first dialysis treatment at the University of Washington Hospital March 9, 1960.

Read about award recipients

Clyde Shields, left, cuts into a cake in 1970 in celebration of
the 10th anniversary of maintenance dialysis.

Work for us

Our dedicated staff sustains lives every day. Each member of our organization contributes to patients’ health, quality of life and independence.

We’re the largest dialysis provider in the Puget Sound region, and we offer a wide range of rewarding career opportunities. As we grow, we’re pleased to welcome new members to our outstanding team.

Read more about careers at Northwest Kidney Centers

Anthony Berkley, LPN speaks with an in-center dialysis patient.