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The Bower Foundation, Inc.

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Purpose and Activities

The foundation is committed to the promotion of fundamental improvements in the health status of all Mississippians through the creation, expansion, and support of quality healthcare initiatives. The goals of the foundation are: 1) Access to health care: All children and adults should have reasonable access to health care services so that all citizens have the opportunity to live healthy and productive lives. 2) Health Care Services: To promote health, prevent disease, and reduce health risks among children, young adults, and the underserved. 3) Health Policy and Education: To support approaches that match the needs of the underserved with existing public and private providers. 4) End Stage Renal Disease: To improve the quality of life for patients with End Stage Renal Disease.


Established in 1972 in MS - In 1966, John D. Bower, M.D. established an artificial kidney unit at the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson, MS. Dr. John D. Bower, M.D., applied for and received one of thirteen Public Health Service Grants to study the effectiveness of dialysis in saving lives of patients with kidney failure. The study was successful, and grant funds ended. There were no state or federal funds available for dialysis for patients whose lives depended on it and could not afford the thousands of dollars required annually for treatment. Dr. Bower educated the public about the need for funding. As an example, he made 56 talks in one year to service clubs throughout the State. In 1972, enabling legislation HR 1 was passed by the Congress of the U.S., declaring persons with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) eligible for Medicare. Dr. Bower committed to Mississippi kidney patients that over time, dialysis facilities and services would be established within 30 miles of any patients' homes. A 501(c)(3) corporation was founded to carry out this commitment, and Kidney Care, Inc. came into being. In 2002, to honor Dr. Bower, the name of the foundation was changed to The Bower Foundation


The Bower Foundation, Inc.

Independent foundation




578 Highland Colony Pkwy., Ste. 120 Ridgeland, MS United States 39157-8779

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