Skagit Valley Kidney Center changes hands

December 20, 2018

MOUNT VERNON — The Skagit Valley Kidney Center is now officially operating under Fresenius Medical Care.

The center’s sale, which was initiated in November, came into effect Monday.

There will be no changes to patient schedules or insurance billing, Skagit Regional Health President and CEO Brian Ivie said previously.

While Skagit Regional Health sold the kidney center, it will retain ownership of the center’s building and lease the portion housing the center to Fresenius for five years, with the option to extend another five, Ivie said.

Despite the sale, the center will continue to be led by a Skagit Regional Health kidney specialist.

The center provides outpatient dialysis services. Skagit Regional Health will continue to offer inpatient dialysis services at Skagit Regional Hospital, said Marketing and Communications Director Kari Ranten.

The sale has been in the works since early this year.

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