Northwest Kidney Centers, King County’s predominant provider of life-sustaining kidney dialysis, has opened two outpatient dialysis clinics in Federal Way.
“This expansion in South King County reflects the growing need in the area for treatment of chronic kidney failure,” said Joyce F. Jackson, president and CEO of the nonprofit health care provider. “We’re seeing big demand due to increases in diabetes and high blood pressure, the most common causes of kidney failure.”
Northwest Kidney Centers Federal Way East clinic
33820 Weyerhaeuser Way S.
With a capacity for up to 100 patients, this clinic can provide more than 15,000 treatments a year. It features a training suite for home dialysis patients and a community education room. Free classes for community members 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 clinic
501 S. 336th St.
This clinic has a capacity for up to 50 patients and approximately 7,800 dialysis treatments annually. It includes a training suite for people interested in learning to give themselves dialysis at home.
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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 4.46 out of 5 stars. It is the provider of choice for 4 out of 5 people who need dialysis in its Puget Sound-region service area.
The 56-year-old nonprofit 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, people with permanent kidney failure rely on the blood-cleansing treatment of dialysis three times a week, for about four hours per visit. The only other potential treatment is a kidney transplant.