Overlake Hospital Announces Four Major Initiatives to Improve Health Care Services

Letters of Intent Filed for New South Wing for Bellevue Campus, New Hospital

Near Lake Sammamish and Management Agreement for Two Hospital Districts



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Overlake Hospital

    BELLEVUE, Wash., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Overlake Hospital
 announced four major initiatives to extensively expand medical services for
 Bellevue, the Sammamish and Issaquah communities, Snoqualmie, Cle Elum and
 other local communities.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010425/SFW123 )
     The four initiatives are:  1) the development of a multi-story south wing
 for the Bellevue campus, 2) the construction of a new "Lake Sammamish
 Hospital" to serve the Sammamish and Issaquah communities, and
 management/superintendent agreements with 3) King County Public Hospital
 District Number Four (Snoqualmie) and 4) Kittitas County Public Hospital
 District Number Two (Cle Elum).
     Stated Ken Graham, President and CEO of Overlake Hospital, "With the
 increasing demand for hospital services, these initiatives are crucial to
 ensure local communities have access to the services they deserve now, and in
 the future. As the Eastside's largest hospital, we've launched these
 initiatives to ensure high quality medical services are available in locations
 where they are needed."
     The first letter of intent for a Certificate Of Need (CON) was filed with
 the State of Washington in mid-April for a 200-bed south wing on Overlake's
 Bellevue campus. Proposed plans call for the south wing to house
 157 replacement beds and 43 new beds. The rooms will be equipped with
 leading-edge technology and provide areas for medical, surgical, cardiac,
 women's health, emergency, intensive care and psychiatric patients.
     Graham said, "The south wing project will be an important addition for
 patients and their families. We will build state-of-the-art patient rooms to
 match our just recently completed high tech surgical centers and the new
 medical office tower." This new building is part of Overlake's 30-year plan on
 file with the City of Bellevue.
     A letter of intent has been filed for a second initiative to create a
 30-bed hospital called "Lake Sammamish Hospital" to serve the Sammamish and
 Issaquah communities. Graham stated, "There are now more people in the cities
 of Sammamish and Issaquah than were located in Bellevue when Overlake Hospital
 was founded in 1960. We're taking action now to ensure that future health care
 needs of these communities are met." Community residents interested in
 volunteering to assist in the effort, including board, fundraising, volunteer,
 medical staff or other positions, are invited to call Kathy Nelson at
 425-688-5603.
     The new wing and new hospital are multi-year projects, and may take three
 to five years to come to fruition due to planning and regulatory processes.
 Said Graham, "The letters of intent for the CON are the first step in the
 process to make these services available."
     The other two initiatives involve additional services for the communities
 of Snoqualmie and Cle Elum. Overlake has entered into letters of intent with
 the boards of King County Public Hospital District Number Four (Snoqualmie)
 and Kittitas County Public Hospital District Number Two (Cle Elum) to provide
 management/superintendent services for those districts. Jeff Lyle has joined
 the Overlake staff, and was appointed on April 24 as the superintendent.
     It is anticipated the agreement will enable efficient administration and
 expanded health care services to these communities. The agreement is expected
 to enhance cost savings by taking advantage of economies of scale and
 Overlake's expertise.
     Stated Graham, "These projects -- a new south wing for the Bellevue
 campus, a new Lake Sammamish Hospital, and management/superintendent
 agreements for two hospital districts -- are part of our commitment to provide
 access to exceptional health care to residents in Bellevue and our surrounding
 communities."
     Overlake Hospital Medical Center is a 257-bed, nonprofit, voluntary
 community hospital offering a full range of advanced medical services for the
 growing Eastside community.  Overlake features the only Level III Trauma
 Center on the Eastside.  The hospital is distinguished for its cardiac
 services and is the only hospital on the Eastside licensed to provide
 open-heart surgery.  Overlake is rated as one of the "Top 100 Cardiovascular
 Hospitals" in the nation, and one of the "100 Most Wired Hospitals and Health
 Systems" in the nation.  Major service areas include: cardiac surgery,
 cardiology, surgical services, cancer center, women's hospital and childbirth
 center, behavioral health, senior care, spine center, sleep disorders center
 and women's clinic. For more information, visit the hospital's Web site at
 www.overlakehospital.org.
 
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SOURCE Overlake Hospital
    BELLEVUE, Wash., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Overlake Hospital
 announced four major initiatives to extensively expand medical services for
 Bellevue, the Sammamish and Issaquah communities, Snoqualmie, Cle Elum and
 other local communities.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010425/SFW123 )
     The four initiatives are:  1) the development of a multi-story south wing
 for the Bellevue campus, 2) the construction of a new "Lake Sammamish
 Hospital" to serve the Sammamish and Issaquah communities, and
 management/superintendent agreements with 3) King County Public Hospital
 District Number Four (Snoqualmie) and 4) Kittitas County Public Hospital
 District Number Two (Cle Elum).
     Stated Ken Graham, President and CEO of Overlake Hospital, "With the
 increasing demand for hospital services, these initiatives are crucial to
 ensure local communities have access to the services they deserve now, and in
 the future. As the Eastside's largest hospital, we've launched these
 initiatives to ensure high quality medical services are available in locations
 where they are needed."
     The first letter of intent for a Certificate Of Need (CON) was filed with
 the State of Washington in mid-April for a 200-bed south wing on Overlake's
 Bellevue campus. Proposed plans call for the south wing to house
 157 replacement beds and 43 new beds. The rooms will be equipped with
 leading-edge technology and provide areas for medical, surgical, cardiac,
 women's health, emergency, intensive care and psychiatric patients.
     Graham said, "The south wing project will be an important addition for
 patients and their families. We will build state-of-the-art patient rooms to
 match our just recently completed high tech surgical centers and the new
 medical office tower." This new building is part of Overlake's 30-year plan on
 file with the City of Bellevue.
     A letter of intent has been filed for a second initiative to create a
 30-bed hospital called "Lake Sammamish Hospital" to serve the Sammamish and
 Issaquah communities. Graham stated, "There are now more people in the cities
 of Sammamish and Issaquah than were located in Bellevue when Overlake Hospital
 was founded in 1960. We're taking action now to ensure that future health care
 needs of these communities are met." Community residents interested in
 volunteering to assist in the effort, including board, fundraising, volunteer,
 medical staff or other positions, are invited to call Kathy Nelson at
 425-688-5603.
     The new wing and new hospital are multi-year projects, and may take three
 to five years to come to fruition due to planning and regulatory processes.
 Said Graham, "The letters of intent for the CON are the first step in the
 process to make these services available."
     The other two initiatives involve additional services for the communities
 of Snoqualmie and Cle Elum. Overlake has entered into letters of intent with
 the boards of King County Public Hospital District Number Four (Snoqualmie)
 and Kittitas County Public Hospital District Number Two (Cle Elum) to provide
 management/superintendent services for those districts. Jeff Lyle has joined
 the Overlake staff, and was appointed on April 24 as the superintendent.
     It is anticipated the agreement will enable efficient administration and
 expanded health care services to these communities. The agreement is expected
 to enhance cost savings by taking advantage of economies of scale and
 Overlake's expertise.
     Stated Graham, "These projects -- a new south wing for the Bellevue
 campus, a new Lake Sammamish Hospital, and management/superintendent
 agreements for two hospital districts -- are part of our commitment to provide
 access to exceptional health care to residents in Bellevue and our surrounding
 communities."
     Overlake Hospital Medical Center is a 257-bed, nonprofit, voluntary
 community hospital offering a full range of advanced medical services for the
 growing Eastside community.  Overlake features the only Level III Trauma
 Center on the Eastside.  The hospital is distinguished for its cardiac
 services and is the only hospital on the Eastside licensed to provide
 open-heart surgery.  Overlake is rated as one of the "Top 100 Cardiovascular
 Hospitals" in the nation, and one of the "100 Most Wired Hospitals and Health
 Systems" in the nation.  Major service areas include: cardiac surgery,
 cardiology, surgical services, cancer center, women's hospital and childbirth
 center, behavioral health, senior care, spine center, sleep disorders center
 and women's clinic. For more information, visit the hospital's Web site at
 www.overlakehospital.org.
 
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