Northwest Kidney Centers has established an endowment fund to honor physician Michael R. Kelly, MD, the former medical director at the Special Care Unit at Haviland Kidney Center. The fund will help advance two causes Kelly is passionate about: medical ethics and special care for the most fragile kidney patients, according to Northwest Kidney Centers. The fund recently reached a milestone of $150,000 in contributions, according to a news release from Northwest Kidney Centers. Services to be provided from the endowment fund will include education for kidney-doctors-in-training about ethical dilemmas in caring for people with kidney failure, public seminars on bioethics topics, and hosting visiting professors.

In addition, the Kelly endowment fund supports Northwest Kidney Centers' unique special care dialysis. Special care is for medically fragile or unstable patients who would otherwise need to be hospitalized for dialysis treatment. Kelly was medical director of the service for 14 years.

Northwest Kidney Centers also named a room at its Haviland Pavilion the Michael R. Kelly, MD Great Room. "Naming this room is a well-deserved honor for a great man," said Joyce F. Jackson, president and chief executive officer of Northwest Kidney Centers.

"Mike Kelly is honest, passionate, loyal, productive and incredibly dependable," said Jackson, who worked with Kelly when he served as board of trustees chair, president of the fund-raising foundation board, head of the medical staff, chair of the ethics committee, and medical director of special care services.