From left to right: LCNW board chair, Jim Young; Northwest Kidney Centers CEO, Joyce Jackson; LCNW President & CEO, Kevin O’Connor

LifeCenter Northwest is proud to announce the addition of Joyce F. Jackson, President and CEO of Northwest Kidney Centers, as the newest member of their Governing Board.

Jackson brings her extensive knowledge of kidney disease research and treatment, dialysis, and transplantation to the LifeCenter board. Northwest Kidney Centers is known for its high quality services and deep community connections; it was the world’s first dialysis organization and today is the nation’s 8th largest dialysis provider. Joyce has lead the organization since 1998 and her vision has guided the organization to be a model in the industry. Northwest Kidney Centers serves roughly 1,700 patients throughout King and Clallum counties.

“Joyce’s passion for helping people with kidney disease shines through in everything she does, and perfectly complements the mission of LifeCenter Northwest,” says Kevin O’Connor, President and CEO of LifeCenter Northwest. “Northwest Kidney Centers and LifeCenter Northwest share the common goal of improving the lives of people with end-stage organ disease, and we look forward to partnering with Joyce and Northwest Kidney Center to help more people than ever before.”

Currently, there are nearly 118,000 people on the transplant waiting list and 84 percent of those are in need of a kidney transplant. In Washington state, there are around 1,700 people waiting for a kidney transplant. Dialysis can provide a bridge to transplant for patients suffering from chronic kidney disease. Northwest Kidney Centers provide health resources and information for their patients including education about transplantation.

“I am honored to join the board of LifeCenter Northwest. Transplantation is the best option for many people with kidney failure, and one quarter of our dialysis patients would prefer to have a kidney transplant—but we lack the organs,” says Joyce Jackson. “I am passionate about the need to increase awareness and to foster transplantation through the work of LifeCenter Northwest.”