Theresa Tofflemire, left, nurse manager of the Northwest Kidney Centers dialysis clinic in Renton, shares a laugh with patient Janice Baker. COURTESY PHOTO, C.B. Bell

Theresa Tofflemire, left, nurse manager of the Northwest Kidney Centers dialysis clinic in Renton, shares a laugh with patient Janice Baker. COURTESY PHOTO, C.B. Bell

Northwest Kidney Centers patient creates dozens of scarves and hats for the homeless

  • Monday, December 9, 2019 5:15pm
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Northwest Kidney Centers dialysis patient Janice Baker, 78, last summer started making scarves and hats that will be donated to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission in Kent this week.

Baker, who lives in Renton, visits Northwest Kidney Centers three days a week for four-hour treatments. Working with yarn keeps her busy and adds a sense of purpose during the long treatments.

“It’s keeping her hands nimble and keeping her mind occupied and she loves the fact she’s doing it for a purpose,” said Theresa Tofflemire, nurse manager of the Northwest Kidney Centers dialysis clinic in Renton.

Northwest Kidney Centers is the nation’s eighth-largest dialysis provider. Founded in 1962, Northwest Kidney Centers was the first dialysis organization in the world. Today it cares for 1,800 people with chronic kidney failure, providing 283,000 treatments each year.


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