Northwest Kidney Centers, King County’s predominant provider of life-sustaining kidney dialysis, plans to add three outpatient clinics this year, including its first location in Pierce County.
“One of our strategic plan goals is to Grow Bigger, and we’ll do that in areas where kidney failure is on the rise and the demand for dialysis services continues to increase – which is the case in the south Puget Sound region,” said Joyce F. Jackson, president and CEO of Northwest Kidney Centers.
The new facilities represent a 20 percent increase in the number of clinics operated by Northwest Kidney Centers. Each is being designed by Salus Architecture and constructed by general contractor Aldrich + Associates. On the drawing board are:
Northwest Kidney Centers Federal Way East
33820 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Suite 100, Federal Way – scheduled to open in mid-March.
This site, which includes some transferred capacity from Northwest Kidney Centers Auburn clinic, will be capable of providing more than 13,000 treatments a year. It also features a three-room suite for training people to give themselves dialysis at home, and a community education classroom. Free classes for community members will cover healthy nutrition for people with kidney disease and how to select the right treatment for kidney failure.
Northwest Kidney Centers Federal Way West Campus
501 S. 336th Street, Suite 110 , Federal Way in the Fountain Plaza II building – scheduled to open this summer.
This facility will include a dialysis clinic capable of providing 6,500 treatments per year and space for training home dialysis patients.
Northwest Kidney Centers Fife
6021 12th St. E., Suite 100, Fife – scheduled to open this fall.
This clinic, on the first floor of the building, will be able to provide more than 9,000 dialysis treatments each year. Although Northwest Kidney Centers has long supported South Sound patients who give themselves dialysis treatment at home, the new outpatient clinic is its first in Pierce County.
Northwest Kidney Centers is the nation’s 8th-largest dialysis provider, and it ranks at the top of the industry in Medicare quality ratings for its services, earning 4.6 out of 5 stars.
The 56-year-old nonprofit Northwest Kidney Centers was the first dialysis organization in the world. It currently cares for more than 1,700 people with chronic kidney failure, providing about 270,000 treatments each year.
To stay alive, patients with kidney failure rely on the blood-cleansing treatment of dialysis three times a week or more, for about four hours per visit. The only other potential treatment is a kidney transplant.
For more information, visit www.nwkidney.org.