Every innovative service or product owes its origin to an unmet need and the passion of a few committed individuals to address that need. Dialysis Clinic Inc. (DCI) was conceived and founded in 1971 to provide affordable dialysis service to the increasing number of patients suffering from end stage renal disease (ESRD) and needing dialysis for continued survival.
In the late sixties, dialysis care was out of reach for most ESRD patients because of the lack of public funding and hospitals allocating very few beds to renal care. Dr. Belding Scribner, the inventor of arteriovenous shunt which revolutionized dialysis, was also the visionary responsible for the establishment of the first outpatient dialysis clinic, the Seattle Artificial Kidney Center, at Seattle’s Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Keith Johnson, then an assistant professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University, in consultation with a group of nephrologists, spearheaded the replication of Seattle model to serve the needs of ESRD patients in Tennessee. Adhering to the advocacy of Dr. Scribner, Dr. Johnson established Dialysis Clinic Inc. (DCI) as a not-for-profit organization providing dialysis services in outpatient setting. Today DCI provides dialysis services at its 195 clinics in 26 states across the United States.
While dialysis is a maintenance treatment, kidney transplantation is the more enduring option to ESRD. Facilitating kidney and other organ and tissue donation was the logical next step in the vertical integration of DCI as the comprehensive care provider for those in need of organ and tissue transplants. To accomplish this purpose, DCI established DCI Donor Services (DCIDS) as an independent not-for-profit concern. DCI Donor Services is a federally designated organ procurement organization in the states of Tennessee, New Mexico, and California providing round the clock services of recovering, preserving, and transporting the selfless gifts of organs and tissues. The organizations that operate under the aegis of DCI Donor Services include:
- Tennessee Donor Services, Nashville, TN
- Sierra Donor Services, Sacramento, CA
- New Mexico Donor Services, Albuquerque, NM
- DCI Donor Services Tissue Bank
DCI Donor Services Tissue Bank is a not-for-profit tissue bank that works with the sole aim of returning the gift of donor tissue with the highest standards of quality and safety to the community that needs it. The vision and guiding values of the company reflect this commitment to serve the community.
DCI Donor Services Tissue Bank is accredited by AATB and registered with FDA. While these formal certifications serve to assure the user community of minimum essential standards, the internal quality metrics and benchmarks voluntarily adapted by the company ensure that the allograft implants are processed with the operational diktat of best outcomes for the patients.
DCI Donor Services Tissue Bank, a full service tissue bank, provides allograft implants for a broad spectrum of surgical specialties which include spine, orthopedics, joint replacement, sports medicine, trauma, oral reconstruction, and plastic surgery. The allograft configurations include conventional, precision machined, milled, frozen and freeze dried forms processed aseptically or terminally sterilized by gamma irradiation.