Overlake Celebrates Groundbreaking of Project FutureCare Major Campus Renewal

Bellevue, Wash. – Overlake Medical Center breaks ground on May 9, 2018, on a five-year, $250 million campus renovation project that will enhance the healthcare of Eastside residents for generations to come. The shovel ceremony takes place near the cornerstone of Project FutureCare; a five-story, 240,000-square foot inpatient tower that will include a state-of-the-art childbirth center, two leading-edge medical and surgical units, and patient recovery rooms incorporating the advanced technology with abundant use of natural light and healing tones.

“Project FutureCare advances Overlake’s capacity to meet the increasing technological needs of healthcare while also offering a healing environment that supports families’ and friends’ involvement with their loved one’s care,“ says President and CEO Mike Marsh. “This is a continuation of Overlake’s legacy of providing world-class healthcare here on the Eastside serving our world-class communities.”

Project FutureCare’s new tower will be incorporated seamlessly into the current South Tower and run eastward, creating a clear delineation between Overlake’s emergency department access off NE 10th Street, and non-critical patient drop-off access off 116th Avenue NE. The concourse-style entry will enhance campus way-finding. The tower will include Overlake’s childbirth center, which comprises labor and delivery, emergency obstetrics, mother & baby unit and neonatal intensive care unit, all supporting Overlake’s practice of cultivating an optimal environment for mother-baby bonding. The new tower also includes single occupancy patient rooms with family zones for cardiac, cancer, orthopedics and other medical services.

Project FutureCare also includes 100,000 feet of renovated space, including a heart operating room to accommodate the leading-edge procedures and technology such as surgical robotics to assist surgeons. It also includes a hybrid heart and vascular operating room for minimally invasive transaortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures with open heart option. In line with Overlake’s mission of providing compassionate care for every life they touch, the renovation includes an expansion in inpatient behavioral health bed space.

Joining the groundbreaking ceremony are Bellevue Mayor John Chelminiak, whose daughter was born at Overlake, and community leader York Harris, chair of the campaign cabinet for Campaign FutureCare, who will be announcing an exciting, campaign-boosting gift.

The design of Project FutureCare is based on an ”urban-to-trail” architectural design concept, reflecting the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest environment in an advanced, modern medical facility. Enhanced pedestrian access and added park-like space will welcome patients and visitors from Sound Transit’s upcoming Wilburton station just two blocks away. Project FutureCare’s completion date is set for 2023.