A ribbon-cutting ceremony last month celebrated an important accomplishment for Overlake Medical Center’s Project FutureCare: The opening of its cardiac and hybrid operating rooms in Bellevue.
The new, high-tech, state-of-the-art operating rooms — staffed by skilled surgical teams in cardiac, cardiothoracic, vascular, and other disciplines — will serve even more Eastside patients so they won’t need to travel across the lake for complex surgeries.
The addition, in short, facilitates lifesaving heart and lung procedures. Here, Overlake’s cardiovascular team will be able to perform cutting-edge, minimally invasive valve replacement and open-heart procedures.
The center is named the Bob and Patty Edwards Cardiac and Vascular Operating Suite, in honor of Patty Edward’s donation of $2.5 million.
Roughly 70 staff members and donors attended the event in early August at the new facilities, located in the existing South Tower of the medical center. In attendance was Tom DeBord, Overlake COO; Mike Marsh, Overlake CEO; Ron Aviles, MD, interventional cardiologist; Patty Edwards, naming donors; and others.
The operating suite opened for business in early September after an 18-month collaborative effort to design the rooms including feedback from surgeons, administrators, nurses, and technicians.
As a milestone in Project FutureCare Campus renovation, the opening was highly celebrated. The initiative is a $250 million, five-year project that encompass the goals for the future of the medical center and includes the opening of a new tower along 116 Avenue in fall of 2020.