New dialysis clinic opens for Enumclaw residents

June 6, 2013 by  

Northwest Kidney Centers has opened a new dialysis clinic in Enumclaw, which will meet the needs of up to 30 patients.

Previously, residents of Enumclaw had to travel to dialysis clinics in Auburn, Tacoma or Federal Way, at least 18 miles travelling. The new center has five stations for dialysis.

The building was previously used by the U.S. Forest Service and has been renovated by Northwest Kidney Centers at a cost of more than $2m. An open day was hosted by the recently opened dialysis clinic so that people could look around and see the facilities. To promote the day, it is possible that local printing services were utilized to produce flyers or posters for the event. Moving forward, the non-profit organization could also benefit by using the stationery printing services provided by a local print company.

Dialysis is required by those who have kidney failure, which involved attending the clinic three times a week for a dialysis session of around three to four hours. A machine removes extra fluid and wastes from the blood – a function that the kidneys are no longer able to do.

Northwest Kidney Centers also provide a pharmacy and free delivery of prescriptions for patients. For anyone who has just discovered that they are entering the early stages of kidney failure, classes are provided to help patients cope without dialysis and delay the requirement for it. In 2012, Northwest Kidney Centers treated 1,503 patients and provided 233,000 dialysis treatments across its 14 centers. The non-profit dialysis provider was founded in 1962.