Dec. 16, 2019 — Northwest Kidney Centers, King County’s predominant provider of life-sustaining kidney dialysis, will open a clinic in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood Jan. 13. The newly constructed one-story building is at 4401 S. Trenton St. It’s the 19th clinic owned and operated by the Seattle-based nonprofit.
The public is invited to a drop-in open house from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. A short program is scheduled for 12:30. Refreshments will be served, and free parking is available.
The treatment area of the clinic focuses on landscaped courtyards to offer a green, healing environment during the hours of dialysis.
“Dialysis is a time-consuming treatment that’s essential to survival for people with kidney failure,” said Northwest Kidney Centers interim CEO Carrie McCabe. “We are pleased to offer it to Rainier Beach residents close to home and in beautiful, soothing surroundings.”
The clinic will accommodate 72 patients to visit three times a week for blood-cleansing treatments that take about four hours each time. Besides giving treatments in the clinic, Northwest Kidney Centers staff members will train interested patients to give themselves dialysis at home.
A classroom will provide space for free community classes to help people at any stage of kidney disease optimize their health, quality of life and independence.
People with permanent kidney failure need regular dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive.
The building meets LEED Silver standards for energy efficiency. Mahlum Architects designed it, Aldrich + Associates was the general contractor, and Spectrum Development Solutions was owner’s representative.
Dr. Bruce O’Neill has been named medical director of the new clinic, Heather Johnson, RN is clinical director, and Kristina Garnett, RN is nurse manager.