Northwest Kidney Centers Opens Dialysis Museum to Commemorate 50th Anniversary

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SEATTLE—Northwest Kidney Centers (NKC) will open a history museum and gallery November 10 at its new kidney resource center, 700 Broadway in Seattle. The museum displays the history of the organization and of dialysis therapy. It showcases iconic photos and artifacts as well as dialysis machines and equipment used throughout the organization’s 50-year history.

The first dialysis organization anywhere in the world, nonprofit NKC was the proving ground for many technological advances displayed in the museum.

Free tours of the museum are available to the public at 12:30 p.m. Saturday November 10, immediately following a symposium for lay people about scientific advances in kidney care, past, present and future.

The museum will be open for free self-guided tours during weekday business hours. Guided tours are available by appointment. 

“The museum shows the growth of our organization, and the strong roots of kidney therapy in Seattle,” says Joyce Jackson, president and CEO of NKC. “We started in 1962 with one facility with three beds. We now provide dialysis treatments in 14 centers and 11 local hospitals, as well as the homes of 240 home dialysis patients.”

In total, 15 machines are on display. Included is a Mini Monster, or Mini-I, a machine created in 1964 at the University of Washington for the world’s first home dialysis patient. The Mini-I became the prototype for nearly all single-patient hemodialysis machines in use today. Many of the machines are on loan courtesy of Baxter Healthcare Corp.

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