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FAQs – Dialysis Capacity Partners & Missions

With assistance from its network of volunteers, financial supporters and partners, Bridge of Life (BOL) provides equipment, start-up supplies, extensive training, and other services to help establish or assist dialysis clinics. For additional information on requesting dialysis support for your organization, visit Kidney Care Partners or contact BOLProgram@bolteam.org.

FAQs on Dialysis Capacity Partners & Missions

1.How often do you select applicants?

BOL typically has two application periods throughout the calendar year: one with an early spring deadline for projects to be completed in the second half of the year, and one in the fall for projects to be completed in the first half of the following year. BOL will accept applications at any time, but will only evaluate them during these two time frames.

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2.Is it required to have a local physician trained in dialysis for a dialysis capacity mission?

Yes, having a trained dialysis physician is required to be considered a partner for a dialysis capacity mission. The physician plays a large role in the project, refers patients to the clinic and determines the treatment plan for all dialysis patients.

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3.We currently have an operating dialysis clinic that needs upgrades. Can we still apply?

Yes, BOL aims to help all organizations that are working to bring safe, affordable dialysis to their communities. BOL looks forward to learning about your project and determining how BOL might be able to support you.

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4.We don’t have financial support to pay for facility construction and renovation. Can we still apply?

BOL will manage the costs for equipment, start-up treatment supplies, shipping, installation, and training. BOL will not provide financing for the construction or renovation of your facility. This must be secured by the partner before an agreement is finalized with BOL.

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5.We don’t have the financial support to pay for ongoing operating costs of the facility. Can we still apply?

It is very important that the clinic is sustainable and functional after the medical mission is complete. As a result, BOL asks that funding for operating costs is secured before the partnership is established. BOL recommends that you discuss your project with any possible local donors or partners that may want to contribute to your project. In the past, other clinics have successfully partnered with local and state governments, local NGOs or CBOs, faith-based groups, or corporations.

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6.What is the application process and how long will it take?

The application includes questions about the facility and patients, your financial support and operating expenses, the available water system, customs, and importation. You may have to do some research in order to complete the application. Once your initial application is received and reviewed, BOL will contact you. If BOL is able support your request, BOL will approve your application and initiate the project. On average, a dialysis or clinic will be operational nine to 12 months after receipt of the completed application. Please note that many variables, including funding and building construction/renovation, customs, importation, and shipping, can cause delays in the project.

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