The NKC continues to strive in development and advancements. Currently there are 14 clinics, with one opening early 2013. In addition to the clinics, 11 local hospitals dialyze patients with acute conditions.
"Our vision is to continue being a model in the fields, a vision shared and communicated to all of our employees," Sellers said. "Out mission is patient care, education and research. It's in the education and research sectors that we are distinguished from other dialysis providers, although our patient care results are better in the nation in many measures. We have an extensive educational outreach program to people with early-stage CKD. We offer classes and guidance to help them prepare for kidney failure and figure out what they will do if that becomes a reality, or to prevent it from happening, if that's possible."
NKC President, Joyce Jackson couldn't agree more.
"Our mission is beyond patient care, it's education and research," she said. "This makes us different that we have a commitment to public education about kidney disease and conducting clinical research to stop and cure kidney disease."
Jackson said that this organization stands out from the rest for reasons such as having 50 years of perspective continuous service, wisdom that has been around for five decades and while in the 1960s there were no resources of dialysis and kidney failure, the organization persevered and moved through time to be where they are today.
"I acknowledge that there are many fine dialysis organizations in this country, but there are a couple things that make us unique and different," Jackson said. "One is our perseverance and our willingness to face challenges and not give up and to continue to serve people with a very serious condition. That commitment, perseverance and advocacy not only do we serve our community, but as an organization we punch above our weight class in a sense that we are very active in Washington D.C. with coalition members and congressional delegation to advocate for the ESRD program to be adequately funded to make care better."