Expert Mental Health Care in a Healing Environment
February 15, 2022
Overlake has been a leader in the Puget Sound region for psychiatric services since 1968, offering the full continuum of mental health care, including the only hospital-based inpatient program on the Eastside.
As part of our commitment to providing—and prioritizing—high-quality, compassionate mental health care to the Eastside community, we recently updated and relocated our inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. Named the Norcliffe Foundation Behavioral Health Unit after generous donors who helped make the project a reality, the newly upgraded space opened in November 2021 and is part of the third and final phase of Project FutureCare, Overlake’s campus renewal project.
Featuring private spaces for patient and provider discussions, larger common areas for group activities, as well as room for future expansion, the 14-bed unit provides a warm and welcoming environment for patients. The new space makes the best use of natural light, which research has shown plays an important role in mental health care.
“This new space allows us to continue caring for our patients in a relaxed, calming environment, surrounded by staff who truly care about the well-being of people and who will always be making decisions with the patients’ best interests in mind,” says Juan Avila, MD, medical director of psychiatry at Overlake.
Still to Come
The campus transformation is now in its final stretch. The last phase of the project is slated to wrap up later this year and will feature a new circle drive leading to the single, main hospital entrance with concourse entry points, park-like landscaping, pedestrian-friendly pathways, enhanced wayfinding and a glass-walled connector that will join the new tower to the main hospital entrance.
Visit overlakehospital.org/projectfuturecare for more information, including a virtual tour and live construction cam.