Mount Baker Kidney Center celebrates 30 years

The Bellingham Business Journal

The Mount Baker Kidney Center celebrated its 30th anniversary on July 14. The Kidney Center provides dedicated care to patients with kidney disease as a not-for-profit operation.

What was once just a four-station clinic in the basement of St. Joseph Hospital has seen a four-fold increase, and it is now a 26-station clinic operating as an independent facility. Nineteen of its 47 employees have served for 10 years or more.

”When the Kidney Center was started, it was the first step in bringing specialized kidney disease care to this area,” administrative director David Strutz said in a news release. “The fact that it has grown and flourished over the past 30 years is a credit to the center’s leadership and dedicated staff during that time.”

The Kidney Center provides more than 21,000 treatments a year at its facility and though its in-home dialysis service. It also provides service at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.

”When patients are able to conduct these treatments at home, it’s a better quality of life experience,” Strutz said. “They’re more comfortable in their own home, and they can relax that much more. It’s a welcome advance from when the Kidney Center was first established back in 1980.”

In the coming months, the Kidney Center plans to launch a new website and conduct a September open house as part of an anniversary celebration at its 410 Birchwood Ave. facility.

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