Northwest Kidney Centers has recognized Mary Lewis, the leader of its clinical education for staff members, with the organization’s highest honor, the Clyde Shields Distinguished Service Award.
The award was presented by two sons and a grandson of Clyde Shields, the first person sustained by permanent kidney dialysis. Northwest Kidney Centers gives the annual award to people who make significant contributions to the welfare of kidney patients.
Lewis has led clinical education services at Northwest Kidney Centers for more than three decades, training hundreds of nurses and technicians to provide outstanding care for patients.
The State of Washington adopted the training program she created at Northwest Kidney Centers, making it part of the practice act for all dialysis technicians in the state.
Lewis is responsible for Northwest Kidney Centers’ in-house Dialysis Academy, and she set up collaborations with nine regional schools of nursing and Medic One EMTs so that community health care providers better understand the needs of people on dialysis.
“Mary is dedicated to the nephrology community and advancing knowledge and science for all,” said Joyce F. Jackson, president and CEO of Northwest Kidney Centers. “She demonstrates the courage that Clyde Shields exhibited as the first patient – trying new ideas and being a pioneer.”