Celebrating Our Legacy, Building Our Future

We’ve been fortunate to share in the lives of so many, offering hope to those facing kidney disease, providing comfort to patients and caregivers and celebrating the small victories that come with helping others have optimal quality of life. This past year was about coming together; it was about community.

In January, we marked 60 years of kidney care. We honored the legacy of Dr. Belding Scribner and other early pioneers who gave life to Northwest Kidney Centers in 1962 when we opened as the first out-of-hospital dialysis provider in the world. What an incredible milestone!

We also celebrated the lives of two important figures in Northwest Kidney Centers history – Dr. Christopher Blagg and Nancy Spaeth – who we sadly lost this year. Both were instrumental in creating this special organization.

Our enduring legacy guided us as we faced the continued challenges of the pandemic and its associated impacts. Despite these challenges, our teams pulled together, stayed true to our values and put patient care above all else.

With the input of staff, patients, physicians and donors, we crafted a new vision statement that will guide Northwest Kidney Centers as we build our future legacy — a legacy that will continue to thrive because of the deep partnerships we have and the new partners we will seek out.

I truly believe we are set to change the kidney care world yet again – one patient, one community at a time. I look forward to having you by our side on this exciting journey.

Celebrating 60 years of life and hope

Brianna Knight

One day at a time

“With dialysis, I get to see another day,” said Brianna Knight, 53, patient at Northwest Kidney Centers Burien clinic.

Diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes 24 years ago, Brianna started dialyzing in 2020 after she collapsed and found herself waking up from a diabetic coma in the intensive care unit with blurry vision and unable to move.

“I did my homework before going to Northwest Kidney Centers,” she said. “I love this place. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

Pictured: Brianna with her stuffed teddy, Jellybean, who accompanies her to dialysis.

What we are grateful for

Our healthcare heroes

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Despite another year of pandemic-related challenges, a cold and icy winter, our nearly 800 staff showed up every day to ensure our patients received life-saving treatments. Each and every one of them is a healthcare hero.

As a part of our 60th anniversary celebration, we hosted a carnival for employees and their families to celebrate and appreciate their hard work throughout the year.

Pictured: Northwest Kidney Centers employees enjoying carnival games.

Celebrating 60 years

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On Jan. 9, 1962, Northwest Kidney Centers (then known as the Seattle Artificial Kidney Center), opened its doors as the world’s first out-of-hospital dialysis center. This momentous event forever changed the world for those diagnosed with kidney disease.

Throughout the year, we have celebrated and honored our legacy of care and innovation with staff, patients, donors, physicians and community partners with special 60th anniversary events like our HopeBuilders Luncheon in May where we raised more than $230,000.

Pictured (L to R): Richard Knight, President, AAKP; Rebecca Fox, President and CEO, Northwest Kidney Centers; John Mosby, President, Highline College and Member, Northwest Kidney Centers Foundation Board; and Mimi Jung, Emcee and KING5 News Anchor

Community building

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We were thrilled to be able to resume outreach activities in our communities to raise awareness of kidney disease and celebrate the volunteers who generously give of their time.

Through grassroots support of community organizations like the greenspace stewardship program we launched this year with the Rainier Beach Action Coalition, we are able to be active participants in the communities we serve.

Pictured: Syrenka Sletteback, Northwest Kidney Centers Community Outreach Manager and Rainier Beach Action Coalition volunteer.

A new vision

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Our new vision was crafted through a collaborative effort and is the foundation for Northwest Kidney Centers strategic plan:

Founded in 1962, we are the world’s first outpatient dialysis organization. As a leader in innovation, our cause is to radically improve the lives of all those impacted by kidney disease. We build people’s trust and confidence through our integrated, holistic and equitable approach to person-centered care, with an extraordinary team of compassionate care professionals.

At Northwest Kidney Centers, we’re creating a world where kidney disease no longer inhibits people from living their best lives.

Pictured: Home patient Julia Sterkovsky enjoying her favorite pastime, gardening. 

Providing a safe, inclusive space

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Northwest Kidney Centers is committed to creating an inclusive environment where staff and patients can bring their full authentic selves. We celebrate diversity and work to ensure everyone feels safe and valued.

In June, we raised the Pride flag at our corporate headquarters for the first time in our organization’s history. We also participated in the Seattle Pride Parade where we had more than 30 staff, their friends and family march in the parade.

Pictured: Northwest Kidney Centers 2022 Seattle Pride Parade participants.

Generous support

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Our community continues to make our work of caring for every patient who comes through our doors possible. Through generous donations, we are able to provide emergency transportation to and from dialysis, help patients make ends meet, translate care information critical to patients’ wellbeing and much more.

Because of a generous gift from the Safeway Foundations, we were able to distribute nearly 800 gift cards to patients experiencing food insecurity.

 

 

LIVE

1,936

Patients

292,167

Treatments

17.2%

Patients who dialyze at home

 

LEARN

1,360

Chronic Kidney Disease education participants

3,000+

Community members reached

520

Volunteers

 

 

HOPE

80*

Transplants

17.2%*

Patients on transplant waitlist

482

Research participants

 
*Data from Jan. 2021-Dec. 2021

Our work to ensure equitable care

Quality care isn’t a privilege, it is a right. Every day at Northwest Kidney Centers we work to increase opportunities for everyone to live the healthiest life possible, not matter who they are, where the live or how much money they make.

We know that better data leads to better outcomes. In late 2021 we were the only dialysis provider to join healthcare organizations from across the state as a participant in the Washington State Healthcare Association Health Equity Collaborative. Through this work we have gathered patient-reported race and ethnicity data to ultimately develop tools to track outcomes of patients from historically marginalized groups.

Gifts that make an impact

Every gift has tremendous impact on the lives of those affected by kidney disease. Donations support patient care services, kidney health education, research and so much more.

$5.3 million

TOTAL AMOUNT RAISED

$2.0 million

BEQUEST GIFTS

$80,991

TRIBUTE GIFTS

How your gifts were spent

Donor Honor Roll

July 1,2021 – June 30, 2022

Scribner Trailblazer

$100,000+

Aldrich + Associates, Inc.
Premera Blue Cross
Estate of Mary K. Shohl
State of Washington

Ambassador

$25,000-$99,999

Ascend Clinical, LLC
Estate of Mrs. Lois M. Bechdoldt
Harry L. and Clare Cayo Wilson Trust
Ben B. Cheney Foundation
Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound
Fresenius Medical Care
Eric Ledoux and Gary Lee Johns, II
John Moffitt Foundation
Umpqua Bank
UW Medicine

Champion

$10,000-$24,999

AHT Insurance
Paul M. Anderson Foundation
Arthur S. Burrill
Gary and Catherine Bylund
Cyrus Cryst, MD and Ann E. Merryfield
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Anonymous
Deborah and Jonathan
Himmelfarb, MD
Gary and Parul Houlahan
Tom and Stacy Montemayor
Anonymous
Estate of Betty J. Proctor
Douglas Ross and Claudia Sanders
Safeway Inc., Seattle Division
Satellite Healthcare
Spectrum Development Solutions
Transplant Genomics
Kent and Debbie Treen
USI Insurance Services
Unjoo Vander Wouden
Viking Cruises
Joan Sherman Watjen Foundation

Innovator

$5,000-$9,999

Melida and Mostafa Ahanchi
Alaska Airlines
Arcora Foundation
BDow Creations
Michael and Diana Beaumont
Yahn Bernier
Rich and Diane Bloch
Boeschoten Charitable Foundation
Ru-Chien and Andy Brockenbrough, MD
Sharon and George Broom
Michael and Silvia Cheung
Jody and Larry* Clovis
Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
Timothy H. Dellit, MD, and Elizabeth McNamara, RN
Dorney-Koppel Foundation, Inc.
Peter and Sharlee Eising
Joseph T. Flynn, MD and Mark Nowlan
Brian and Julie Forcum
Bruce Forcum
Rebecca Fox
Fraternal Order of Eagles, Renton Ladies’ Auxiliary #1722
Fraternal Order of Eagles, Washington State Aerie
Richard and Jeannine Greaves
Scott Hansen
Marsha Heaton
Heritage Bank
Lee Hickok, MD and Sharon Loomis, MD
Robert G. Homchick
Horizon Therapeutics
Christopher R. Kelly Family Foundation
Jasen Lawrence
Diane and Brian Lawson
Nickie and Karl Lee
Steven and Janice Malos
Rajnish Mehrotra, MD and Kushi Mehrotra, MD
Wayne Miller
Michael and Michelle Millman
Tom and Carol Olson
Mary Lou and Sam Pederson
Danielle Plancich
Judy G. Poll*
Susan and James Powell
Ray Sato
John and Cathy Schuh
Russ and Yvette Stepp
Anonymous
Jacqui and Jerry Weber
Susan R. Ziegman

Advocate

$1,000-$4,999

Amy Alering, RN
Lee and Connie Anderson, RN
Apex Foundation
Pamela and Bill Ayer
Kit. L Bakke and Peter Russo
PJ and Nora Bauser
Candi Beckwith-Jones
Tim and Brenda Berg
Emily and Chris Blosser, MD
Bill and Ann Bowden
Jenn and John Brenner
Jean and Edwin Brockenbrough, MD
Celia and Steve Browne
Collette M. Bullis
Alice Byers
Cabins West Lodging
Tonia Campbell
Kathleen M. Cannon
Cascadia Content
Edwin S. Chin, MD
Wallace and Deanna Chinn
City Wide Maintenance of Washington, LLC
Alec Colovos and Sheila Koyama
Copiers Northwest, Inc.
Del Enterprises of Washington, Inc.
Leslie Derrig
Nancy and Dominick Driano, Jr.
Kenneth and Pamela Eakes
Eliza European Skin
Enterprise Holdings
Foster Garvey PC
Pat Woodruff Gaillard
Nathaniel and Courtney Gerlich
Louis and Frances Graber
Robyn Grad
Teresa L. Graham, RN
Tamara Graves
Christine M. Gray
Hart and Laura Green
Yoshio N. Hall, MD and Keiko Hikino
David and Leah Haseley, MD
Anne Hausman Choate
Rene I. Herradura
Mary Joan Hervey
Kermit and Jenny Hollinger
Anonymous
Elizabeth G. Isaacson
Joyce F. and Craig Jackson, MD
Robert D. Jaffe, MD and Susan Isaacson, DDS
Melissa and Dennis Johnson
Barbara Jung, MD
Michael R. Kelly, MD
Penelope W. Koch
Gary and Lynn Kukes
Cheryl Landis
Philip Lemoine
Lara and Marcus Macklin
Rolet Mallabo
James and Jeanne* Manning
Dawn Marsh
Margaret Martin
Jake and Aurelie McKinstry
Beth M. Meidinger
Thomas and Brenda Melang
Microsoft Matching Gifts
James and Cheryl Minorchio
John Mullins
Edith Nash
Laura Nepute, RN
Nordstrom
Takako Nozaki
Placida and Rex Ochi, MD
Jordan and Angie Offutt
Ernie and Janice Omri, RN
Burton Orme, MD
Mark and Keiley Ostrow
Bob Peck
Hien Pham, MD and Hien M. Vo
Stephanie Pitts
Point B Solutions Group, LLP
Mary Elizabeth Preslar
Daintry Price
Daniel and Jane Pryor
Melina T. Randall, RN
Clinton C. and Charlene M.* Randolph
Cheryl and Buddy Ratner, PhD
RBC Wealth Management
Sanjit Reddy, MD
William Rellar
Hyun Hee Rim, RN
Bryan and Michaela Rush
Kenneth and Bea Saito
Colleen Swift Schafer
Donna and Charles Seel
Doug Seto
Nikkole Shamsuddin
Sanjay Soli, Mary Valmonte, Narong Trongtham
Amanda Son, RN
Spokane County United Way
Bill Stokes
Michael Sutters, MD and Yasmina Mobarek, PhD
Marlene J. Trees
Kathryn Treit, MD
Michael Triompo
Raymond Trujillo
Ned and Joyce Turner
University of Washington
John Vandermay, RN
Brad Velasco
Joanne Vesta Price
Andy and Bonnie Voorhies
Dale and Sally Walker
Suzanne Gwen Watnick, MD
Tracy Wellington, RN
Lindsay Williamson
Jake Woland

Why I give

Col. James A. Manning

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“Northwest Kidney Centers has been with me throughout my journey with kidney disease and I’m honored to be here for them. I know my gifts directly impact the care that patients like me receive.”

Col. James A. Manning, Northwest Kidney Centers patient and former member of Northwest Kidney Centers Board of Trustees.

Thomas Montemayor

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“I give to Northwest Kidney Centers during our Employee Giving campaign because I see every day the impacts kidney disease has on our patients and I want to ensure they continue to receive care that puts them at the center.”

Thomas Montemayor, Pharmacy Manager, Northwest Kidney Centers

Hein Pham, MD

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“I’m proud to give to Northwest Kidney Centers to support their patient-centered care.”

“Like me, Northwest Kidney Centers believes in empowering patients to be active participants in their care, which is why I give.”

Arcora Foundation

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“Giving to organizations like Northwest Kidney Centers moves us one step closer to our vision of good overall health that leaves no one behind.”

“We are proud to support the work that Northwest Kidney Centers does to address the inequities in kidney care through outreach, education and research.”

Financials

Our revenue comes from payments for dialysis treatments, earnings on investments and philanthropic gifts.

$132.0 million

Revenue

$2.7 million

Gifts and Grants*

*Includes gifts and grants to the Kidney Research Institute and Center for Dialysis Innovation

Northwest Kidney Centers gratefully acknowledges the individuals, corporations and foundations for their generous gifts and pledges received between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Gifts of $100,000 +

Premera Blue Cross
Estate of Betty J. Proctor
State of Washington

Gifts of $50,000 – $99,999

Aldrich + Associates, Inc.
Ascend Clinical, LLC
Fresenius Medical Care
Kidney Research Institute
Eric Ledoux and
Gary Lee Johns, II
Harry L. and
Clare Cayo Wilson Trust

Gifts of $25,000 – $49,999

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Employees Community Fund
of Boeing Puget Sound
UW Medicine

Gifts of $10,000 – $24,999

AHT Insurance
B. Braun Medical Inc.
Arthur S. Burrill
Estate of Catherine G. Chism
Community Foundation
of South Puget Sound
Robert G. Homchick
Gary and Parul Houlahan
Tom and Stacy Montemayor
Puget Sound Kidney Centers
Estate of Elizabeth B. Ruthford
Seattle Children’s
Diane Elizabeth Silbaugh Trust
Swedish Medical Center
Kent and Debbie Treen
USI Insurance Services
UW Medicine
Division of Nephrology
Via Healthcare Consulting

Gifts of $5,000 – $9,999

Anonymous
Melida and Mostafa Ahanchi
Alaska Airlines
Brenda J. Berg
Boeschoten Foundation
Business Learning
Incorporated
Gary and Catherine Bylund
Michael and Silvia Cheung
Jody and Larry Clovis
Bruce Forcum
Heritage Bank
Deborah and
Jonathan Himmelfarb, MD
Christopher R. Kelly
Family Foundation
Michael R. Kelly, MD
Jean K. Lafromboise
Foundation
Jasen Lawrence
Diane and Brian Lawson
Fu-Kuen Lin, PhD
Mahlum Architects, Inc.
Steven and Janice Malos
Todd and Cheryl Marangon
Debra Marcella, RN
Rajnish Mehrotra, MD and
Kushi Mehrotra, MD
Microsoft Corporation
Janette Morantes
Judy and Bill Moritz
PNTA
Daniel and Jane Pryor
Cheryl and Buddy Ratner, PhD
Douglas Ross and
Claudia Sanders
John and Cathy Schuh
Spectrum Development
Solutions
Transplant Genomics
Michael Triompo
Joan Watjen

Gifts of $1,000 – $4,999

Anonymous (3)
AAA Printing
Brett and Ellen Alkan
Arthur Eric Anderson, MD and
Linda Anderson, MD
Lee and Connie Anderson, RN
Lisa Antonio, MD and
Matt Fiske
Arcora Foundation
Lisa Bancroft
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Estate of James E. Bauman
PJ and Nora Bauser
Richard and Diane Bloch
Andrew and Brenda Bor
Bill and Ann Bowden
Carrie Bowman
Jenn and John Brenner
Celia and Steve Browne
Collette M. Bullis
Canlis
Cascadia Content
Russell L. Castner, DDS
Sarah H. Cave
Edwin S. Chin, MD
Copiers Northwest, Inc.
Cyrus Cryst, MD and
Ann E. Merryfield
Del Enterprises of
Washington, Inc.
Annemarie C. Dooley, MD
Drees of Olympia
Nancy and
Dominick Driano, Jr.
Kenneth and Pamela Eakes
Eastside Nephrology and
Hypertension, PLLC
Peter and Sharlee Eising
Phelps and Christel Fisher
Hank and Lisa Florence, MD
Joseph T. Flynn, MD
Brian and Julie Forcum
Rebecca Fox
Benjamin Freedman, PhD and
Hongxia Fu, PhD
Frank Fung, MD
Pat Woodruff Gaillard
Lynn and Mike Garvey
Nathaniel and
Courtney Gerlich
Teresa L. Graham, RN
Richard and Jeannine Greaves
Yoshio N. Hall, MD and
Keiko Hikino
Scott Hansen
David and Leah Haseley, MD
Terrill and
Jennifer Hendrickson
Rene I. Herradura
Lee Hickok, MD and
Sharon Loomis, MD
Highland Associates, Inc.
Sangeeta Hingorani, MD and
Charles Birnbach, MD
Kermit and Jenny Hollinger
Howisey Charitable Fund
Daniel Hu, MD
Interior Wood Products, LLC
Joyce F. and
Craig Jackson, MD
Robert D. Jaffe, MD and
Susan Isaacson, DDS
Kaj H. Johansen, MD
Melissa and Dennis Johnson
Larry Kessler, ScD and
Bonnie Berk
Kick Spark Creative, LLC
Penelope W. Koch
Daniel LaFond
Cheryl Landis
Jamie LaNoue
Nickie and Karl Lee
Philip Lemoine
James and Sandra Liming
Gloria A. Lomax
Hoy and Mee Look
Kenneth Mapp and
Karen Dunn
Beth M. Meidinger
Thomas and Brenda Melang
Barry G. Miller
In memory of Melvin N. Miller
and Jennifer R. Miller
Sherry L. Morris, MD and
Reid Harris
Paramita Mukherjee, MD and
Sharat Shroff
Laura Nepute, RN
Nyhus Communications
Placida and Rex Ochi, MD
Ernie and Janice Omri, RN
Burton Orme, MD
Mark and Keiley Ostrow
Anthony Palzer
Mary Lou and Sam Pederson
Judy G. Poll
Arnie and Deb Prentice
Mary Elizabeth Preslar
Daintry Price
Alvin Raines
Melina T. Randall, RN
RBC Wealth Management
Sanjit Reddy, MD
Jeff and Katie Richey
Hyun Hee Rim, RN
Jean B. Rolfe
Faye and Herman Sarkowsky
Schedulewise, LLC
Doug Seto
Sign Associates, Inc.
Amanda Son, RN
Nancy Hewitt Spaeth, RN
Irene Sprague, RN
Stepp Consulting, Inc.
Stirrett Johnsen, Inc.
Toshiko Sunohara
Michael Sutters, MD and
Yasmina Mobarek, PhD
Colleen Swift Schafer
Randall and Jeanne Swift
Maggie Taylor and Bob Elliott
Marlene J. Trees
Kathryn Treit, MD
Ned and Joyce Turner
John Vandermay, RN
Dale and Sally Walker
Suzanne Gwen Watnick, MD
Jacqui and Jerry Weber
West Monroe
Lindsay Williamson

 

Bequest Gifts

Anonymous (14)
Lee and Connie Anderson, RN
Evelyn Bequette
Dr. Christopher R. Blagg
Richard and Diane Bloch
Merlin and Dianne Cavender
Sonja Coffman
Carol A. Cramer
Cyrus Cryst, MD and Ann E. Merryfield
John* and Jean Derrig
Lois Jean Eastman-Swenson
MaryAnn Eschbach
Pat Woodruff Gaillard
Amanda Goll
Gary and Parul Houlahan
Joyce F. Jackson
Dorothy Kewley
Florence N. Kirrage
Gloria Lomax
James and Jeanne* Manning
Dawn Marsh
Arnie Mayer
Thomas and Karen Mitchell
Ruellene Morganti
Judy and Bill Moritz
Sharon M. Pahlka
William Parkinson
Jane Pryor
Peter Raffa
Larry O. Richards
Colleen Swift Schafer
Annette K. Siversen
Greg and Ruth Sneed
Nancy H. Spaeth, RN
John C. Stivelman, MD
Luth M. Tenorio, PhD, RN
Dale and Sally Walker
Ruth E. Wise
Ronald C. Wittock

 

Tribute Gifts

In honor

Elizabeth L. Ayer
Pam L. Ayer
Paul Blakes
Thomas E. Melang
Jane Pryor
Subash Rani
Bryan Rush
Diane Schmelz
Wei Zhou

In memory

Ginger Alexander
Delbert B. Anderson
Jeremiah Beckwith
Don N. Bergquist
Farris B. Bishai
Alton Brand
Raymond H. Carr
Iris Clay
Max Cossalter
A great Dad
Benjamin M. Del Donno
John F. Derrig
Anna B. Driano
Sara Eakins
Valerie K. Elliott
Tom Erickson
Jane L. Ferguson
Ken E. Frazier
Beverly Furse
Betsinda Gacek
Gregory R. Gleason
Douglas Godfrey
William E. Hawkins
Jeffrey A. Hays
Shirley I. Hines
Jacqueline Hughes-Roland
Stanley J. Iwata
Lauren E. Jacox
Martha A. Jasper
Paul Kaplan
Amy E. Kato
Archie S. Katz
Clem King
Henry A. Kumasaka
Louise Kwiatkowski
Roger S. Lerner
John W. McCallum
Marilyn L. Miller
Betty K. Nishikawa Harrison
Shahin Nourizadeh
Dean Olsen
Darren Patillo
Jack E. Pitcher
Betty G. Rennert
Consolacion Rivera
John P. Sacco
Stanley A. Schafer
Susan I. Silberman
Dave and Julie Smith
Dan Somphet
Kay Spelman
Trula Stafford
Darlene K. Thompson
Lynn Tobin
Dong Van Huynh
Jan Walker
Valerie Wise
LaVerne A. Wittock
Haruko Yamada
Kenji Yamada

Patient-Reported Races

White 44%

AAPI 24%

Black 16%

Other 16%

 

Age

18-40 8%

40-50 11%

50-60 21%

60-70 25%

70-80 22%

80+ 13%

 

Causes of Kidney Failure

Diabetes 49%

Hypertension 16%

All Other 35%