SEATTLE—Nonprofit Northwest Kidney Centers, King County’s predominant kidney dialysis provider, has opened a unique kidney resource center at 700 Broadway in Seattle.
The $8 million project—funded in part by community donations—is a highlight of the nonprofit organization’s 50th anniversary celebration as the first out-of-hospital dialysis provider in the world.
“We have packed this building with functions that make it a unique, comprehensive kidney resource center,” said Joyce F. Jackson, Northwest Kidney Centers’ president and CEO. “It furthers every element of our mission – patient care, education and research.”
The building, known as Haviland Pavilion, includes:
- An expanded pharmacy that serves the special needs of people with chronic kidney disease, on dialysis or with a kidney transplant. Compared to the old pharmacy, capacity is now tripled.
- An updated 15-station dialysis clinic, which serves many of Northwest Kidney Centers’ poorest and most at-risk patients, now in a more contemporary, state-of-the-art and patient-friendly dialysis clinic.
- Upgraded infrastructure, including a new water treatment system, to support dialysis services in the building.
- Surge capacity for emergency dialysis in case a disaster makes services impossible at another dialysis facility in the region.
- A clinical research center to allow Kidney Research Institute investigators to work with Northwest Kidney Centers patients on studies and advance research.
- New space and increased capacity for physician and clinical staff training, as well as expanded community and patient education.
- A demonstration kitchen to show people how to prepare tasty, healthy food.
- A museum and gallery that showcase important artifacts of the medical history made at Northwest Kidney Centers.
Northwest Kidney Centers purchased the 40,000-square-foot building in 1978. Donors contributed nearly $1.7 million to help pay for its transformation. Puget Sound Energy awarded the project a $250,000 grant because the building now uses only half the energy that it used before.
The building is named for Dr. James Haviland, a founding father of Northwest Kidney Centers. Dr. Haviland was president of the King County Medical Society in the early 1960s, at the time Dr. Belding Scribner at the University of Washington was developing technology to enable people to live indefinitely with kidney failure. Together they marshaled community resources to create the world’s first dialysis organization 50 years ago.
The building houses one of 14 dialysis centers operated by Northwest Kidney Centers in the Puget Sound region. It is one of three dialysis facilities on First Hill; Northwest Kidney Centers also operates dialysis centers at 548 15th Ave. and at 600 Broadway.
About 75 percent of all dialysis treatments in King and Clallam counties are delivered by the independent nonprofit.