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Published on December 07, 2012

Overlake breaks ground on new Heart and Vascular Center

$17.4 million facility broke ground earlier this week, is scheduled to open in Fall 2013

Bellevue, Wash. – Earlier this week, Overlake Medical Center broke ground on the brand new $17.4 million David and Shelley Hovind Heart & Vascular center, which is scheduled to open in Fall 2013. The new state-of-the-art facility will enable Overlake to bring its testing and therapeutic services together in one central location, allowing an enhanced patient experience and a technologically advanced level of care.

Advanced care is a hallmark of Overlake Medical Center, which is the first and only hospital to perform open-heart surgery on the Eastside.  “The new Heart and Vascular Center will enable us to remain at the forefront of cardiac care in the Puget Sound region,” said Dr. Joseph Doucette, Overlake’s director of invasive cardiology. “At Overlake, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our services, upgrade our facilities and provide the Eastside community with unparalleled, world-class care.” 

The new Heart and Vascular Center is Overlake’s response to a growing demand. Heart disease is most prevalent among men and women over the age of 65, and on the Eastside, this population is expected to grow 30 percent over the next five years.

The new facility will be 19,200 square feet. It will offer larger rooms for procedures both before and after surgery, and will have two electrophysiology suites, two cardiac catheterization labs, a hybrid catheterization lab/operating room, a vascular intervention radiology suite and a dedicated entrance with drive-through access.

The Heart and Vascular Center is named for David and Shelley Hovind, who donated $1 million to Overlake Hospital Foundation to help fund the new facility.

Without the support of donors like the Hovinds, the new Heart and Vascular Center may not have been possible, says Molly Stearns, executive director of the Overlake Hospital Foundation. “We needed to raise $2.75 million in order to break ground on the Heart and Vascular Center,” said Stearns. “With David and Shelley’s generous support, we have already raised over $3.1 million, which is a daily reminder of the amazing support we receive from the local community to fund this project and others just like it.”

To schedule an interview with Dr. Doucette or Molly Stearns, or for more information about Overlake, please contact Lee Keller at 206-799-3805 or

Overlake Hospital Medical Center is a nonprofit, non-tax-supported regional medical center with a network of medical clinics throughout the Eastside. The hospital is licensed for 349 beds and offers a comprehensive range of services including cardiac care, cancer care, general and specialty surgery, women’s programs, senior care, psychiatric services and it was the first Level III trauma service on the Eastside. Overlake also participates in a wide range of community outreach activities including health fairs, free health screening events, wellness classes and wellness publications. For more information, visit

Funds raised by Overlake Hospital Foundation and Overlake Auxiliaries support vital patient programs and further Overlake’s mission of Medical excellence every day.™ In 2011, Overlake launched a campaign to establish a new Heart & Vascular Center, build a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, consolidate Cancer Center services and invest in leading-edge medical technologies and treatments to advance patient care. For more information or to donate, visit

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Media Contacts

For additional information or to arrange an interview, contact Kipepeo Brown, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, 425-688-5603,, or Lee Keller, 206-799-3805,