After years of planning, fundraising, and construction, Overlake Medical Center’s new Cancer Center is officially open and ready to help local cancer patients and their families.
The $20 million center was a revamp and overhaul of the first- and second-floors inside the existing structure of the Bellevue-based hospital. The new space is completely dedicated to patient care, putting patients at the center of everything they do, literally, according to Cancer Center Medical Director Kristi Harrington.
“A cancer patient’s difficult journey involves a myriad of testing, diagnosis, treatment, and support,” she said. “It requires the patient and his or her family to navigate hospitals, make multiple appointments, coordinate transportation to, from, and between different doctors’ offices — all of which is time consuming, physically painful, and exhausting. Our goal is to eliminate this unnecessary stress by streamlining the process and coordinating care in one central location.”
Features at the new Cancer Center include: a dedicated Cancer Center entrance with a single check-in area with valet service or easy access to parking, consultation rooms where all the physicians come to you, on-site financial services, a wig room and beauty classes, and an infusion “party room” where patients receiving infusion services can visit while receiving their treatments.
These facilities and services are in addition to the other treatment options available at the center such as radiation oncology, medical oncology, breast surgery, nutritional oncology, genetic counseling, survivorship, and psychosocial oncology, among others.
The Cancer Center is just one of many planned upgrades for Overlake throughout the next several years as part of its Project FutureCare campus expansion. Next on the agenda is a new Childbirth Center, Mom and Baby Care Center, an expanded Behavioral Health Unit, and a new campus entry. Construction has already begun on many of the upgrades, with plans to be completed in 2023.
Thumbnail photo by Joanna Kresge.