Overlake’s Bandage Ball Presented by KeyBank Delivers $1.5 Million for New Childbirth Center

Bellevue, Wash. – The Overlake Medical Center Foundation announced today that its annual Bandage Ball gala and auction presented by KeyBank on May 4, 2019, raised $1.5 million to benefit Overlake’s new Childbirth Center. More than 900 guests attended this year’s event, the largest attendance in the history of the Bandage Ball, which dates back to 1960. 

Considered one of the Eastside’s premier social events, the event brought together physicians, civic and corporate leaders. The event was co-chaired by James Boshaw, President and CEO of PAC Worldwide and Laura Mair. During the event Andrew Harrison from Alaska Airlines and his wife Amy shared their stories of delivering eight babies at Overlake. Fred Northup, Jr., served as auctioneer, and former Seattle Seahawk Cliff Avril made a guest appearance.

The new, expanded Childbirth Center (CBC), part of a larger, $250 million Project FutureCare campus renovation, will open in 2020. It 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. 

“The astounding success of the Bandage Ball demonstrates this community’s deep and enduring commitment to Overlake,” said Overlake President and CEO J. Michael Marsh. “With this generous support, the talented teams in our new state of the art Childbirth Center will offer unparalleled care to our growing Eastside families.”

About 4,000 babies are born at Overlake each year. Since opening its doors in 1960, Overlake has delivered more than 150,000 babies. Since that time, Overlake has led the way in providing advanced clinical treatments and cutting-edge emergency tools, in a comfortable environment that reflects Overlake’s mission of providing compassionate care.