About Us - Independent Dialysis Foundation

A Not-for-Profit Dialysis Chain

The world of chronic dialysis is being consolidated as large corporations merge and buy others. IDF is a Maryland-based company committed to remaining a non-profit, independent organization. IDF expands in Maryland when asked to help, if we can improve services to patients. With locations throughout the state, IDF offers convenient and personalized care from a staff that puts the welfare of the patients first.


"Independent Dialysis Foundation's (IDF) Mission is to care for people with kidney failure. We achieve this by providing patient focused care in our outpatient and inpatient dialysis programs, which are not for profit."


IDF’s first priority is our patients.  Our guiding principle is to provide comprehensive care to improve outcomes.

IDF values each of its employees, and encourages them to be personally invested in IDF and its mission. IDF will train staff, at all levels, to provide patient focused care. The organization will recognize excellence, and support continued education and advancement for all employees.

IDF will be a good corporate citizen of every community while promoting a culture of inclusion.


  • Loyalty
  • Honesty
  • Trust
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Transparency

Company History

Independent Dialysis Foundation (IDF) was founded September 14, 1978 as a not-for-profit company affiliated with the University of Maryland, to improve access to dialysis services for the University Hospital’s patients and to promote independence, self-care, and stability for dialysis patients.


IDF opened the Rotunda Center located in Baltimore, MD which offers self-care, staff-assisted, and home training for hemodialysis patients. In January 2003, the Rotunda Center moved into a new building and changed its name to Chestnut Square Dialysis Center.


IDF contracted to manage the dialysis services at the University of Maryland Hospital.


The Calvert Center opened in Prince Frederick, MD (Calvert County), allowing access to dialysis services to area residents, without the need to travel to the Washington DC suburbs. Acute dialysis services were also established at Calvert Memorial Hospital.


In October 2006, The Garrett Dialysis Center became the first and only dialysis center in Garrett County, Maryland. Located in the city of Oakland, the opening of this facility has greatly decreased the travel time of patients who had previously driven up to four hours round trip for hemodialysis. 


IDF acquired the out-patient dialysis facility operated by the University of Maryland which would later become the Parkview Center in Baltimore, MD.


IDF opened the Arundel Center in Glen Burnie, MD (Anne Arundel County) and was contracted to provide in-patient and acute hemodialysis services at the Baltimore/Washington Medical Center (formerly North Arundel Hospital).


The Allegany Center opened in Cumberland, MD (Allegany County).