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Published on September 20, 2011

Overlake Hires New Primary Care Physicians and Names New ED Director

Bellevue, WA – Overlake Hospital Medical Center recently added three new primary care physicians at its neighborhood clinics throughout the Eastside and named a new director at the hospital's Emergency Department.

Jennifer Edwards, MD, is a board-certified family practice physician at Overlake Medical Clinics Issaquah. Before joining Overlake, Edwards worked as a core faculty member at Mercy Redding Family Practice Residency Program in Redding, Calif. Edwards earned her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed her residency at the Shasta-Cascade Family Practice Residency Program that is affiliated with the University of California-Davis. Edwards has a special interest in women's and infants' care.

John Tudela, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician at Overlake Medical Clinics Medical Tower on the hospital campus. He also serves as a reserve military flight surgeon. Tudela was previously a hospitalist physician at Kona Community Hospital in Kealakekua, Hawaii and was also in private practice in Hawaii. Tudela earned his medical degree from John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and completed his residency at the Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

Ruchi Sharma, MD, is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases and recently joined the staff at Overlake Medical Clinics Medical Tower. Prior to joining Overlake, Sharma completed her fellowship and post-doctoral training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Sharma earned her medical degree from the Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College in Mumbai, India and completed her residency at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Connecticut.

Debbie Luttman, RN, was promoted to the position of director of Overlake's Emergency Department and Trauma and Stroke Services. Luttman previously served as the manager of the Emergency Department at Overlake. Luttman earned her bachelor's and master's of nursing from the University of Washington and is a certified emergency nurse.

Overlake Hospital Medical Center is a nonprofit, non-tax-supported regional medical center with a network of medical clinics throughout the Eastside. The hospital is licensed for 349 beds and offers a comprehensive range of services including cardiac care, cancer care, general and specialty surgery, women's programs, senior care, psychiatric services and it was the first Level III trauma service on the Eastside. Overlake also participates in a wide range of community outreach activities including health fairs, free health screening events, wellness classes and wellness publications. For more information, visit www.overlakehospital.org.

Funds raised by Overlake Hospital Foundation and Overlake Auxiliaries support vital patient programs and further Overlake's mission of Medical excellence every day.™ In 2011, Overlake launched a campaign to establish a new Heart & Vascular Center, build a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, consolidate Cancer Center services and invest in leading-edge medical technologies and treatments to advance patient care. For more information or to donate, visit www.overlakehospital.org/support.

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