Mary Lewis, the leader of Northwest Kidney Centers’ clinical education for staff members, has been awarded the Clyde Shields Distinguished Service award, the organization’s highest honor. The award is presented to those who make significant contributions to the welfare of patients with kidney conditions.
“Mary is dedicated to the nephrology community and advancing knowledge and science for all,” Joyce F. Jackson, president and CEO of Northwest Kidney Centers, said in a press release from the organization. “She demonstrates the courage that Clyde Shields exhibited as the first patient – trying new ideas and being a pioneer.”
Lewis has led clinical education services at Northwest Kidney Centers for more than 3 decades, training hundreds of nurses and technicians to provide care for patients. Lewis is responsible for Northwest Kidney Centers’ in-house Dialysis Academy. 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.