Olympic Peninsula Kidney Center (OPKC) is a community-based, private, 501(c)3 corporation, which is governed by a 12-member volunteer Board of Directors. This Board includes two patient representatives, four local nephrologists who also serve as Medical Directors for the OPKC facilities.
Management services are provided under a long-term contract with Puget Sound Kidney Centers (PSKC), a non-profit dialysis provider offering services in Snohomish, Skagit and Island Counties
OPKC began operation in October of 1980 following a two-year fundraising effort that raised $90,000, largely from local service clubs. This allowed the center to acquire the necessary equipment and open for business in the so-called “Glass building” at 400 Warren Ave. in downtown Bremerton.
Medicare approved funding for kidney dialysis in 1973, and OPKC has become self-sufficient and financially stable over the years. For nearly 37 years, OPKC has been and continues to be the sole provider of dialysis services in Kitsap County.
The facilities are staffed with registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified hemodialysis technicians who provide direct patient care. Support staff includes masters-prepared social workers, registered dietitians and experienced biomedical technicians. The facilities utilize state-of-the-art equipment and constantly strives to provide high quality safe patient care.