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Tuesday, March 6, Noon–1 p.m. Northwest Kidney Centers Renton 602 Oakesdale Ave. SW, Renton

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Tom Montemayor on employee giving

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Our scholarships foster independence and success

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syrenka.slettebak@nwkidney.org 206-720-8540 Patient educator Patty Shambarger counsels a dialysis patient at 700 Broadway.

Open House in Renton Feb. 23: Come one, come all! Northwest Kidney Centers Renton 602 Oakesdale Ave. SW Thursday, Feb. 23 12:30 – 2 p.m. Program at 1 p.m. Our newest clinic opened Oct. 31, 2011. Now it’s time to celebrate! This beautiful new facility gives us much more space to treat patients in South King County, where the need for kidney care is growing fastest of all the areas we serve. Take a tour, enjoy refreshments and watch healthy cooking demonstrations.

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50 years, first in the world Northwest Kidney Centers’ 50 th anniversary has arrived! We are excited to celebrate where we’ve been, where we are today and where we’re heading in the future. On Jan. 8, 1962, Northwest Kidney Centers opened its doors as the first dialysis organization in the world. We’re proud to have served the very first in-center dialysis patients and to continue as a model in our field. Throughout 2012 we will celebrate the accomplishments we’ve made thanks to generous community support. We will recognize those who have furthered our mission through the years. Turn the page to learn more about our plans for a once-in-a-lifetime observance. — Joyce F. Jackson Northwest Kidney Centers president and CEO

Tell Us Your Story Read about the people of Northwest Kidney Centers at:

www.facesofnwkidney.org

Read more on page 3

Our publications are changing—new updated looks, same important news: Pledge and Volunteer Bulletin are now Community Connection

Output is now Dialysis Connection

Gift Planning E-News is now Gift Planning Connection

Home Connection and Transplant Connection keep the same names.


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Tell Us Your Story: A special project for our 50th anniversary year

years first in the world

Mark your calendar!

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott meets in his Washington, D.C. office with Dr. Christopher Blagg, executive director emeritus of Northwest Kidney Centers. McDermott sponsored a resolution recognizing our 50 th anniversary as the world’s first dialysis organization.

50th anniversary year events

We kicked off the year by thanking our staff at parties in January, and we’ll continue with special events for patients, physicians, donors and volunteers. Please join us. February/March: Patient celebrations at each dialysis clinic February 23: Open house at new Renton center (see page 8) March: National Kidney Month March 8: World Kidney Day April 15-21: Employee Appreciation Week and National Volunteer Recognition Week May 15: Breakfast of Hope, Westin Seattle Hotel June 2: Kidney Health Fest for African American Families, Van Asselt Elementary School, Seattle November 10: 50 Anniversary Gala, Grand Hyatt, Seattle th

U.S. House and Gov. Gregoire honor Northwest Kidney Centers’ 50th anniversary

We recently launched “Tell Us Your Story,” a website to collect memories of Northwest Kidney Centers’ first 50 years. Whether you’re a current or past patient, physician, employee, donor, friend or family member, we hope you will share a story here, too.

 Join us at www.facesofnwkidney.org

On Jan. 13 Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire issued a congratulatory proclamation, and on Jan. 27, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott of Seattle introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives recognizing Northwest Kidney Centers’ 50 th anniversary. Each honored the significant contributions we have made to the dialysis field since we opened our doors in 1962.

Tom Madsen’s story: Finding a kidney at the grocery store “My life changed back in 2003. I had just opened a grocery store (Metropolitan Market) and I started to not feel well. I visited my doctor with no relief. My health continued to deteriorate rapidly.

The House resolution was co-sponsored by Reps. Dave Reichert, Norm Dicks, Adam Smith and Jay Inslee, each of whom represents a Washington district where Northwest Kidney Centers operates. “We thank Gov. Gregoire and the co-sponsoring members of Congress as well for recognizing that Northwest Kidney Centers’ 50 th anniversary marks a significant milestone in health care nationwide,” said Joyce F. Jackson, president and CEO of Northwest Kidney Centers.

A new look for the years ahead To increase community knowledge and generate support for Northwest Kidney Centers, we’ll use our anniversary year to let more people know who we are and what we do. And we’re starting with a whole new look! Based on audience research, we set out to make all our communications contemporary, professional and looking like “us.” We modernized the logo and updated print publications and our website. We hope you enjoy our refreshed brand.

Tell Us Your Story Read about Tom Madsen and others at:

www.facesofnwkidney.org

“On Dec. 22, 2003, my co-workers confronted me with grave concern about my health. They gave me an option to either go to the hospital or they were going to call 911. I reluctantly succumbed to their advice and drove myself to UW Medical Center Emergency Room. “I had a simple blood test and to my astonishment, I was confronted by a team of doctors who informed me that I was in renal failure. They stated that if I would have gone home, I had a good chance of dying from a heart attack...” Read the rest of Tom’s story of recovery and dozens of others at: www.facesofnwkidney.org

Add your personal story!

To participate, all you need is: Your short story  • A digital photo of yourself  • An internet connection


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Tell Us Your Story: A special project for our 50th anniversary year

years first in the world

Mark your calendar!

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott meets in his Washington, D.C. office with Dr. Christopher Blagg, executive director emeritus of Northwest Kidney Centers. McDermott sponsored a resolution recognizing our 50 th anniversary as the world’s first dialysis organization.

50th anniversary year events

We kicked off the year by thanking our staff at parties in January, and we’ll continue with special events for patients, physicians, donors and volunteers. Please join us. February/March: Patient celebrations at each dialysis clinic February 23: Open house at new Renton center (see page 8) March: National Kidney Month March 8: World Kidney Day April 15-21: Employee Appreciation Week and National Volunteer Recognition Week May 15: Breakfast of Hope, Westin Seattle Hotel June 2: Kidney Health Fest for African American Families, Van Asselt Elementary School, Seattle November 10: 50 Anniversary Gala, Grand Hyatt, Seattle th

U.S. House and Gov. Gregoire honor Northwest Kidney Centers’ 50th anniversary

We recently launched “Tell Us Your Story,” a website to collect memories of Northwest Kidney Centers’ first 50 years. Whether you’re a current or past patient, physician, employee, donor, friend or family member, we hope you will share a story here, too.

 Join us at www.facesofnwkidney.org

On Jan. 13 Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire issued a congratulatory proclamation, and on Jan. 27, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott of Seattle introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives recognizing Northwest Kidney Centers’ 50 th anniversary. Each honored the significant contributions we have made to the dialysis field since we opened our doors in 1962.

Tom Madsen’s story: Finding a kidney at the grocery store “My life changed back in 2003. I had just opened a grocery store (Metropolitan Market) and I started to not feel well. I visited my doctor with no relief. My health continued to deteriorate rapidly.

The House resolution was co-sponsored by Reps. Dave Reichert, Norm Dicks, Adam Smith and Jay Inslee, each of whom represents a Washington district where Northwest Kidney Centers operates. “We thank Gov. Gregoire and the co-sponsoring members of Congress as well for recognizing that Northwest Kidney Centers’ 50 th anniversary marks a significant milestone in health care nationwide,” said Joyce F. Jackson, president and CEO of Northwest Kidney Centers.

A new look for the years ahead To increase community knowledge and generate support for Northwest Kidney Centers, we’ll use our anniversary year to let more people know who we are and what we do. And we’re starting with a whole new look! Based on audience research, we set out to make all our communications contemporary, professional and looking like “us.” We modernized the logo and updated print publications and our website. We hope you enjoy our refreshed brand.

Tell Us Your Story Read about Tom Madsen and others at:

www.facesofnwkidney.org

“On Dec. 22, 2003, my co-workers confronted me with grave concern about my health. They gave me an option to either go to the hospital or they were going to call 911. I reluctantly succumbed to their advice and drove myself to UW Medical Center Emergency Room. “I had a simple blood test and to my astonishment, I was confronted by a team of doctors who informed me that I was in renal failure. They stated that if I would have gone home, I had a good chance of dying from a heart attack...” Read the rest of Tom’s story of recovery and dozens of others at: www.facesofnwkidney.org

Add your personal story!

To participate, all you need is: Your short story  • A digital photo of yourself  • An internet connection


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Many ways of giving – each gift to Northwest Kidney Centers helps us continue our work in creating a future of hope for people living with kidney disease.

Memorial gift makes an impact

Tom Montemayor

Pilot program offers respite for care givers of peritoneal dialysis patients A new service for care givers of peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients will begin in March, thanks to a generous memorial gift from Carrie Bowman. Carrie, whose husband, Philip Johnson, was a PD patient, made the gift to provide respite for family members of PD patients.

A gift inspired by personal experience PD usually works best with the full participation of a family member, friend or care giver. In Carrie’s case, she was able to have someone trained to assist her husband with his home dialysis treatments, which in turn gave her a break from constant care near the end of his life. As a result, Carrie identified an unmet need within Northwest Kidney Centers.

Getting started With Carrie’s generous gift and a grant from the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound’s Irving A. Lassen Foundation Fund, Northwest Kidney Centers will: • Survey PD patients and their primary care givers during February about their specific needs for respite care • Begin offering periodic, scheduled care for PD patients at Seattle and Renton in March, to allow care givers much-needed breaks

So in December 2011, Carrie established the Philip B. Johnson Memorial Intermittent Peritoneal Dialysis Fund. The fund will be used to provide PD treatments at our Seattle and Renton centers instead of at home; it will also help with patient transportation to access the service. “Because I believe that the participation of a care giver is essential and also that exhaustion and burnout are very real issues, I wanted to facilitate a program to provide them respite by providing assistance to PD patients during care giver absences,” Carrie said. Carrie Bowman is pictured here with her late husband, Philip Johnson. She is a librarian for the King County Library System and at the University of Washington.

For more information about the new intermittent PD program, contact clinical director Gerry Morrison at 206-720-3982 or gerry.morrison@nwkidney.org.

Employee Giving Pharmacy manager Tom Montemayor has participated in our employee giving program since shortly after he joined Northwest Kidney Centers in 1996.

As a staff member, what inspires you to give to Northwest Kidney Centers? In short, the worthiness of the cause. The need is great – I see it on a daily basis. I also see how the need is being met with exceptional care and compassion by all of us here at Northwest Kidney Centers. It is inspiring, and donating is a great way to acknowledge the importance of that work. Donating to my workplace is also an easy way for me to be confident that my contribution is being well spent. I have an inside perspective on our culture of stewardship and service. I see the good work that is being done at Northwest Kidney Centers on a daily basis, so I know charitable resources are being used efficiently.

Do you direct your gifts to a specific fund? I used to direct my gifts to charity care because I wanted my contributions to directly benefit the patients that I encounter every day. More recently, I have directed my gifts to where the need is greatest. Of course, I still want my contributions to benefit patients needing charity care, but I trust Northwest Kidney Centers to allocate my gifts in the most effective way possible.

“I see the good work that is being done at Northwest Kidney Centers on a daily basis, so I know charitable resources are being used efficiently.” — Tom Montemayor

Interested in making a major gift to support your favorite program? Meet our new major gifts officer, Rachelle Nesta. If you would like to make a significant gift to your preferred Northwest Kidney Centers program or service, contact Rachelle at 206-720-8544 or rachelle.nesta@nwkidney.org.


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Many ways of giving – each gift to Northwest Kidney Centers helps us continue our work in creating a future of hope for people living with kidney disease.

Memorial gift makes an impact

Tom Montemayor

Pilot program offers respite for care givers of peritoneal dialysis patients A new service for care givers of peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients will begin in March, thanks to a generous memorial gift from Carrie Bowman. Carrie, whose husband, Philip Johnson, was a PD patient, made the gift to provide respite for family members of PD patients.

A gift inspired by personal experience PD usually works best with the full participation of a family member, friend or care giver. In Carrie’s case, she was able to have someone trained to assist her husband with his home dialysis treatments, which in turn gave her a break from constant care near the end of his life. As a result, Carrie identified an unmet need within Northwest Kidney Centers.

Getting started With Carrie’s generous gift and a grant from the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound’s Irving A. Lassen Foundation Fund, Northwest Kidney Centers will: • Survey PD patients and their primary care givers during February about their specific needs for respite care • Begin offering periodic, scheduled care for PD patients at Seattle and Renton in March, to allow care givers much-needed breaks

So in December 2011, Carrie established the Philip B. Johnson Memorial Intermittent Peritoneal Dialysis Fund. The fund will be used to provide PD treatments at our Seattle and Renton centers instead of at home; it will also help with patient transportation to access the service. “Because I believe that the participation of a care giver is essential and also that exhaustion and burnout are very real issues, I wanted to facilitate a program to provide them respite by providing assistance to PD patients during care giver absences,” Carrie said. Carrie Bowman is pictured here with her late husband, Philip Johnson. She is a librarian for the King County Library System and at the University of Washington.

For more information about the new intermittent PD program, contact clinical director Gerry Morrison at 206-720-3982 or gerry.morrison@nwkidney.org.

Employee Giving Pharmacy manager Tom Montemayor has participated in our employee giving program since shortly after he joined Northwest Kidney Centers in 1996.

As a staff member, what inspires you to give to Northwest Kidney Centers? In short, the worthiness of the cause. The need is great – I see it on a daily basis. I also see how the need is being met with exceptional care and compassion by all of us here at Northwest Kidney Centers. It is inspiring, and donating is a great way to acknowledge the importance of that work. Donating to my workplace is also an easy way for me to be confident that my contribution is being well spent. I have an inside perspective on our culture of stewardship and service. I see the good work that is being done at Northwest Kidney Centers on a daily basis, so I know charitable resources are being used efficiently.

Do you direct your gifts to a specific fund? I used to direct my gifts to charity care because I wanted my contributions to directly benefit the patients that I encounter every day. More recently, I have directed my gifts to where the need is greatest. Of course, I still want my contributions to benefit patients needing charity care, but I trust Northwest Kidney Centers to allocate my gifts in the most effective way possible.

“I see the good work that is being done at Northwest Kidney Centers on a daily basis, so I know charitable resources are being used efficiently.” — Tom Montemayor

Interested in making a major gift to support your favorite program? Meet our new major gifts officer, Rachelle Nesta. If you would like to make a significant gift to your preferred Northwest Kidney Centers program or service, contact Rachelle at 206-720-8544 or rachelle.nesta@nwkidney.org.


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A warm welcome to our new trustees Northwest Kidney Centers builds skills with scholarships Since 1984, the patient rehabilitation scholarship program has played an important role in our mission to foster the independence of people living with kidney disease. In 2011, we launched the employee scholarship program to encourage career advancement.

Rick Greaves

All scholarships are made possible by our donors’ generous gifts. If you are interested in supporting this program, please contact: Jane Pryor, CFRE Vice President of Development and Public Relations jane.pryor@nwkidney.org • 206-720-8515

Apply now! Patient rehabilitation scholarship application deadline: March 28 Contact your Northwest Kidney Centers social worker for more information.

Employee scholarship application deadline: April 20 See the K-Net or call 206-2925351 for more information.

Trustee Bob Lemon worked for 31 years with Accenture LLP, including 21 years as a partner, before retiring in 2003. Bob currently is a member of the board of directors of the Virginia Mason Health System and recently completed a nineyear term on the board of the Benaroya Research Institute. He is also an advisory Trustee Rick Greaves grew up in Seattle council member at the University of Notre and graduated from the Foster School of Dame. Bob recently completed a sevenBusiness at the University of Washington. year term as a trustee of Eastside Catholic He is a CPA and spent 35 years workSchool in Sammamish. ing for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Seattle, serving as a partner in the firm’s audit practice from 1986 to 2005 before transferring to its advisory practice. He Gifts for the future currently serves on the executive committee and as audit committee chair of Leave your legacy and the Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of remember us in your will America. Rick is also a director of Summit Assistance Dogs, an organization that visit: provides highly trained dogs for people www.nwkidney.org/plannedgiving with disabilities. or contact: Northwest Kidney Centers is not only the world’s oldest dialysis organization, it is the largest community-based nonprofit dialysis organization. We have hundreds of volunteers, five regional advisory councils and an involved board of trustees. Meet our newest trustees:

Dialysis patient and three-time scholarship recipient Kerri Wiggins works in cardiovascular research.

A gift for one is a benefit to many

Bob Lemon

Larry Richards, Gift Planning Officer legacy@nwkidney.org | 206-720-8550

Kerri Wiggins received rehabilitation scholarships in 1992, 1993 and 1994. She is a two-time kidney transplant recipient now back on dialysis at our Scribner clinic at Northgate, hoping for another transplant. “With the help of the scholarship, I was able to complete my master’s degree in nutritional sciences at the University of Washington and earn my registered dietitian certification. I worked for six years as a renal dietitian in Mount Vernon. I also wrote guidelines for the nutritional care of kidney patients for the American Dietetic Association. “Ten years ago, I moved to a research position at the University of Washington. I have since

completed a second master’s in epidemiology. Right now I work in cardiovascular research. “I am proud of having accomplished the guidelines that I worked on for nutrition care for kidney patients. I know that they have been used throughout the country. When I’ve traveled and visited different dialysis units, I’ve met dietitians who say, ‘Oh, I’ve got your book!’ I am glad that I have been able to help kidney patients with my work.”

Board of Trustees David Wilde, chair Craig Goodrich, vice chair Gary R. Houlahan, secretary/ treasurer Virginia Broudy, MD Bonnie Collins, MD Joseph C. Eschbach, CFA Lisa Florence, MD Rick Greaves Robert Jaffe, MD Bob Lemon James A. Manning Vilma Quijada, MD Clint Randolph Stuart Shankland, MD

Bob Walerius Kelly Wallace Senior Council Frank Baker Richard Bangert Christopher Blagg, MD James Burnell, MD Jack Cole Denver Ginsey Steve Heubner Lucy Isaki Michael R. Kelly, MD Charles Kimbrough Burton Orme, MD William Peckham Robert Philip

Dennis Popp Jean Rolfe Henry E. “Ned” Turner

Foundation Board Clint Randolph, chair Cyrus Cryst, MD, vice chair Richard Bloch Deborah Crabbe Gary Houlahan Joyce F. Jackson (ex-officio) Michael R. Kelly, MD Bert Lundh Rex F. Ochi, MD William Peckham Jane Pryor, CFRE (ex-officio) Doug Seto

Nancy Spaeth, RN Wanda Wong Emeritus Members Richard E. Bangert Dominick V. Driano Virginia Galle Robert Hegstrom, MD Gilbert M. Martin Thomas E. Melang Betty Lou Myers Sharon L. Peterson Charles Z. Smith Luth M. Tenorio, PhD, RN Henry E. “Ned” Turner


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A warm welcome to our new trustees Northwest Kidney Centers builds skills with scholarships Since 1984, the patient rehabilitation scholarship program has played an important role in our mission to foster the independence of people living with kidney disease. In 2011, we launched the employee scholarship program to encourage career advancement.

Rick Greaves

All scholarships are made possible by our donors’ generous gifts. If you are interested in supporting this program, please contact: Jane Pryor, CFRE Vice President of Development and Public Relations jane.pryor@nwkidney.org • 206-720-8515

Apply now! Patient rehabilitation scholarship application deadline: March 28 Contact your Northwest Kidney Centers social worker for more information.

Employee scholarship application deadline: April 20 See the K-Net or call 206-2925351 for more information.

Trustee Bob Lemon worked for 31 years with Accenture LLP, including 21 years as a partner, before retiring in 2003. Bob currently is a member of the board of directors of the Virginia Mason Health System and recently completed a nineyear term on the board of the Benaroya Research Institute. He is also an advisory Trustee Rick Greaves grew up in Seattle council member at the University of Notre and graduated from the Foster School of Dame. Bob recently completed a sevenBusiness at the University of Washington. year term as a trustee of Eastside Catholic He is a CPA and spent 35 years workSchool in Sammamish. ing for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Seattle, serving as a partner in the firm’s audit practice from 1986 to 2005 before transferring to its advisory practice. He Gifts for the future currently serves on the executive committee and as audit committee chair of Leave your legacy and the Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of remember us in your will America. Rick is also a director of Summit Assistance Dogs, an organization that visit: provides highly trained dogs for people www.nwkidney.org/plannedgiving with disabilities. or contact: Northwest Kidney Centers is not only the world’s oldest dialysis organization, it is the largest community-based nonprofit dialysis organization. We have hundreds of volunteers, five regional advisory councils and an involved board of trustees. Meet our newest trustees:

Dialysis patient and three-time scholarship recipient Kerri Wiggins works in cardiovascular research.

A gift for one is a benefit to many

Bob Lemon

Larry Richards, Gift Planning Officer legacy@nwkidney.org | 206-720-8550

Kerri Wiggins received rehabilitation scholarships in 1992, 1993 and 1994. She is a two-time kidney transplant recipient now back on dialysis at our Scribner clinic at Northgate, hoping for another transplant. “With the help of the scholarship, I was able to complete my master’s degree in nutritional sciences at the University of Washington and earn my registered dietitian certification. I worked for six years as a renal dietitian in Mount Vernon. I also wrote guidelines for the nutritional care of kidney patients for the American Dietetic Association. “Ten years ago, I moved to a research position at the University of Washington. I have since

completed a second master’s in epidemiology. Right now I work in cardiovascular research. “I am proud of having accomplished the guidelines that I worked on for nutrition care for kidney patients. I know that they have been used throughout the country. When I’ve traveled and visited different dialysis units, I’ve met dietitians who say, ‘Oh, I’ve got your book!’ I am glad that I have been able to help kidney patients with my work.”

Board of Trustees David Wilde, chair Craig Goodrich, vice chair Gary R. Houlahan, secretary/ treasurer Virginia Broudy, MD Bonnie Collins, MD Joseph C. Eschbach, CFA Lisa Florence, MD Rick Greaves Robert Jaffe, MD Bob Lemon James A. Manning Vilma Quijada, MD Clint Randolph Stuart Shankland, MD

Bob Walerius Kelly Wallace Senior Council Frank Baker Richard Bangert Christopher Blagg, MD James Burnell, MD Jack Cole Denver Ginsey Steve Heubner Lucy Isaki Michael R. Kelly, MD Charles Kimbrough Burton Orme, MD William Peckham Robert Philip

Dennis Popp Jean Rolfe Henry E. “Ned” Turner

Foundation Board Clint Randolph, chair Cyrus Cryst, MD, vice chair Richard Bloch Deborah Crabbe Gary Houlahan Joyce F. Jackson (ex-officio) Michael R. Kelly, MD Bert Lundh Rex F. Ochi, MD William Peckham Jane Pryor, CFRE (ex-officio) Doug Seto

Nancy Spaeth, RN Wanda Wong Emeritus Members Richard E. Bangert Dominick V. Driano Virginia Galle Robert Hegstrom, MD Gilbert M. Martin Thomas E. Melang Betty Lou Myers Sharon L. Peterson Charles Z. Smith Luth M. Tenorio, PhD, RN Henry E. “Ned” Turner


Kidney Research Institute Learn@Lunch Come listen to Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb, director of the Kidney Research Institute, give an informal lecture on the connection between kidney and heart health. Bring your questions, too!

www.nwkidney.org 206-292-2771

Join us on Facebook and Twitter. Hear the latest news as it happens!

Community Connection

years first in the world

Volume 1, Issue 1 · Winter 2012 NON PROFIT ORG

I nsid e t his iss u e :

U.S. POSTAGE PAID SEATTLE WA

700 Broadway • Seattle WA 98122

PERMIT NO 3768

Donor provides respite for PD care givers

Return Service Requested

Tuesday, March 6, Noon–1 p.m. Northwest Kidney Centers Renton 602 Oakesdale Ave. SW, Renton

Page 4 »

Tom Montemayor on employee giving

Page 5 »

Our scholarships foster independence and success

RSVP

syrenka.slettebak@nwkidney.org 206-720-8540 Patient educator Patty Shambarger counsels a dialysis patient at 700 Broadway.

Open House in Renton Feb. 23: Come one, come all! Northwest Kidney Centers Renton 602 Oakesdale Ave. SW Thursday, Feb. 23 12:30 – 2 p.m. Program at 1 p.m. Our newest clinic opened Oct. 31, 2011. Now it’s time to celebrate! This beautiful new facility gives us much more space to treat patients in South King County, where the need for kidney care is growing fastest of all the areas we serve. Take a tour, enjoy refreshments and watch healthy cooking demonstrations.

Page 6 »

50 years, first in the world Northwest Kidney Centers’ 50 th anniversary has arrived! We are excited to celebrate where we’ve been, where we are today and where we’re heading in the future. On Jan. 8, 1962, Northwest Kidney Centers opened its doors as the first dialysis organization in the world. We’re proud to have served the very first in-center dialysis patients and to continue as a model in our field. Throughout 2012 we will celebrate the accomplishments we’ve made thanks to generous community support. We will recognize those who have furthered our mission through the years. Turn the page to learn more about our plans for a once-in-a-lifetime observance. — Joyce F. Jackson Northwest Kidney Centers president and CEO

Tell Us Your Story Read about the people of Northwest Kidney Centers at:

www.facesofnwkidney.org

Read more on page 3

Our publications are changing—new updated looks, same important news: Pledge and Volunteer Bulletin are now Community Connection

Output is now Dialysis Connection

Gift Planning E-News is now Gift Planning Connection

Home Connection and Transplant Connection keep the same names.


Community Connection - Winter 2012