Mount Baker Kidney Center bought by DaVita Kidney Care

By BBJ Staff

The Mount Baker Kidney Center has been sold to a major global provider of kidney care services. The center announced last week that DaVita Kidney Care bought the Bellingham dialysis center. The terms of the deal were not released.

Mount Baker Kidney Center is a nonprofit dialysis center that has been operating independently for more than 36 years.

The sale came after two years of research, Julie Johansen, board president at the center, said in a statement. “We are operating in an increasingly complex world. We wanted to be sure Mount Baker Kidney Center would continue to grow its expertise and technology for the best in patient care.”

Center Medical Director William Lombard said that DaVita will be able to offer new services and programs that a small, independent unit wouldn’t be able to offer.

“Bringing together the resources of two high-quality healthcare providers like Mount Baker Kidney Center and DaVita will significantly enhance the services we will be able to provide to our community’s dialysis and kidney disease patients,” he said, in the statement.

Employees will remain at the center, according to the news release. It does have a new name — DaVita/Mount Baker Kidney Center — but will continue to offer it’s usual services, including providing in-center dialysis, instructing patients on in-home dialysis, and serving patients at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.

DaVita Kidney Care is a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Denver, Colorado-based Fortune 500 company. It has more than 2,300 dialysis centers in 11 countries. Earlier this year, DaVita completed the purchase of Snohomish County’s Everett Clinic, which had been the state’s largest independent medical group.

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