Overlake’s Bandage Ball Presented by KeyBank Aims to Deliver $1.5 Million For New Childbirth Center

Bellevue, Wash. – Overlake Medical Center Foundation announced today that money raised at its annual Bandage Ball gala and auction presented by KeyBank on May 4, 2019, will benefit Overlake’s new Childbirth Center, which will set the standard for maternal care and services for mothers and their babies for generations to come.

The center, part of a larger, $250 million Project FutureCare campus renovation, will open in 2020. The new, expanded Childbirth Center (CBC) will more than double the square footage of Overlake’s current CBC space, and house all mom and baby services together in one location, from childbirth education to delivery, recovery, lactation support and infant care classes. Each new mom will have a spacious room that will accommodate family members and supportive friends she would like to have with her for her baby’s arrival. The Childbirth Center will constitute three floors of the new five-story inpatient tower, comprising labor and delivery room that are 90 percent larger than current rooms, emergency obstetrics, mother and baby unit, and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit.

“Our incredible providers have worked hard to deliver top quality, collaborative care to our patients throughout the process of pregnancy, delivery and postnatal care,” said Kristin Graham, MD, medical director for Women’s and Infants’ Services at Overlake. “We look forward to having a facility that enhances the high-caliber work of our dedicated, talented childbirth teams.” Project FutureCare’s design, which incorporates soothing elements and natural light with high-tech medical devices such as in-room smartboards, was inspired by a committee of patient, family and provider advisers. 

About 4,000 babies are born at Overlake each year. In 1960, Overlake’s first patient was a laboring mom, Rose Cziprian, who delivered a healthy baby daughter, Katherine. Over the years, Overlake has led the way in providing advanced clinical treatments and cutting-edge emergency tools, but in a comfortable environment that reflects Overlake’s mission of providing compassionate care.

“Overlake is proud to have delivered more than 150,000 healthy babies to the Eastside since our opening in 1960,” said Overlake President and CEO J. Michael Marsh. “It seems fitting that for this milestone fundraiser, our community will have the opportunity to support those invaluable childbirth services, ensuring the highest level of care for every one of our growing Eastside families.”

The Bandage Ball will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Saturday, May 4. Considered one of the Eastside’s premiere social events, the Bandage Ball is expected to bring together nearly 900 guests, including physicians, corporate and civic leaders. Fred Northup, Jr., will serve as auctioneer, and former Seattle Seahawk Cliff Avril will make a guest appearance. In 2018, the Bandage Ball raised a record $1.4 million for Overlake’s emergency department services, supporting Overlake’s commitment to be a community safety net.