Northwest Kidney Centers opened on Aug. 16 its new Burien campus Logistics Center and, starting this fall, the non-profit kidney dialysis provider will change the way it distributes supplies to its dialysis centers.

Located at the site of the former Boulevard Park Elementary School, the project includes a 47,200-square-foot pavilion that acts as both an administrative and dialysis center, as well as a 15,800-square-foot logistics center. There’s also a garden located outside the Pavilion for patients to view as they receive dialysis, according to developer Spectrum Development Solutions. Mahlum Architects created the design. Aldrich + Associates served as the contractor.

To improve how Northwest Kidney Centers gets supplies to its 18 dialysis centers in King, Pierce, and Clallam counties, it has leveraged Kaizen principles to redesign its distribution process.

Currently, pallets filled with raw supplies are dropped at each dialysis center. Techs, nurses, and nurse managers must then remove the supplies from their packing materials and create dialysis kits. This is not only inefficient, but leaves the clinics to deal with the packaging waste. Under the new Kaizen-inspired plan, all dialysis kits will be assembled in the new logistics and distribution center by entry-level warehouse workers. According to Northwest Kidney Centers, this will save clinic employees time, keep packing materials out of the clinics, and offer pre-made kits to allow dialysis techs to spend more time working with patients, rather than sorting and putting away supplies.