September 14, 2017

Overlake Medical Center Opens Doors to Cancer Center, Supporting a Holistic Patient-Centered Approach to Care

Overlake Cancer Center Completes Phase One of $270M Expansion of Bellevue Campus

Bellevue, Wash. – (September 14, 2017) – Overlake Medical Center today officially opened its doors to the new Overlake Cancer Center, a $20-million project that transforms the way cancer treatment is delivered to patients. The new Center was designed from the ground up by cancer survivors and their families, doctors and staff, resulting in a comprehensive facility that allows patients to remain in one location to receive the best possible treatment with compassionate care and a holistic approach.

“Today marks a significant day in Overlake’s history of delivering world-class healthcare to Eastside patients,” said CEO J. Michael Marsh. 

“The goal of the new Cancer Center is to offer a truly patient-centered model of cancer care. Patients receive the most up-to-date medical care, technology and expertise, plus the comfort and personal attention of a community hospital.”

                                                                                                                                                                                      

“A cancer patient’s difficult journey involves a myriad of testing, diagnosis, treatment and support,” said Cancer Center Medical Director Kristi Harrington, MD, PhD.  “It requires the patient and his or her family to navigate hospitals, make multiple appointments, coordinate transportation to, from, and between different doctors’ offices—all of which is time consuming, physically painful and exhausting. Our goal is to eliminate this unnecessary stress by streamlining the process and coordinating care in one central location.”

The Center, which resides within the existing walls of the main Overlake hospital campus in Bellevue but with a separate entrance, will combine leading-edge treatment with supportive services to provide a balanced approach to treating and healing the body, mind and spirit. Physical therapy, social work and financial services are all on site as well.  Auxiliary services such as acupuncture and massage are expected to be available later this year.

The Cancer Center received significant community support under the leadership of the Overlake Medical Center Foundation. Over half of the total cost of the Center was raised directly from individual donors, corporate partners and foundations.  

Overlake Cancer Center First Step in $270 Million Project FutureCare Campus Transformation

Overlake Medical Center’s Project FutureCare is a six-year campus expansion to meet the growing healthcare needs of the Eastside community.  Work began on construction earlier this spring, and will include a new Childbirth Center, Mom and Baby Care Center, an expanded Behavioral Health Unit, a new campus entry and more.  Construction will last through 2023.

“Project FutureCare builds on Overlake’s long history of serving our community,” said Marsh. “The healthcare environment is experiencing significant transformation, and Overlake aims to be at the vanguard—where we’ve been for over 60 years.”

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