Bellevue’s Next Generation of Healthcare

Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue is on the cusp of groundbreaking for one leg of its $270 million, three-phase Project FutureCare campus expansion. Construction for the crux of the project, a new 240,000-square-foot, five-story inpatient tower, is set to begin in May and will offer larger single-patient rooms that will combine space for visiting families as well as state-of-the-art technology.

“For decades to come, this organization will continue the legacy of providing world-class healthcare, serving the growing families and employers of this area in their health and wellness needs,” said Overlake CEO J. Michael Marsh.

Particular emphasis will be put on a new mom-baby center and childbirth center with couplet care rooms. These rooms would combine a typical postpartum recovery room with Level II NICU services, the first of its kind in Washington state. Moreover, parents of premature babies will benefit from the facility’s Angel Eye cameras, which allow parents to monitor and even speak to their child through the closed-circuit video feed long after the parents have been discharged.

Also on the docket are two new operating suites with hybrid technology, one state-of-the-art cardiac suite, an expanded Behavioral Health Unit, improved laboratory and pharmacy services, and a dedicated emergency room entrance off Northeast 10th Street for expedited patient dropoff.

Moreover, the new construction plans to increase the amount of natural light in interior spaces and add park-like landscaping as part of the hospital’s Urban to Trail concept. The manicured pedestrian-friendly walkways eventually will connect to Sound Transit’s Wilburton station, two blocks away.

“The Pacific Northwest is one of the world’s most naturally beautiful areas, with the lakes and the mountains. What we’re doing with Project FutureCare is reflecting the nature in our environment in an advanced, modern medical facility,” Marsh said. “Natural beauty and modernization can coexist side-by-side. By incorporating the concept of Urban to Trail, we will be reflecting an individual’s journey through their healthcare experience that matches their journey in their home environment.”

The third and final phase of the project is slated to be completed in 2023.

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