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Published on November 21, 2012

Overlake Medical Center Foundation Raises Record Amount at Annual Community Lunch

Featured speaker, Alan Mulally, brought record crowd

Bellevue, Wash. – On Monday, Nov. 19 Overlake Medical Center Foundation hosted their 14th annual Community Partners Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue featuring keynote speaker, Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company. The annual event drew a crowd of 750 corporate partners and community leaders and raised a record $400,000, nearly double the amount raised in 2011.

“I believe this shows the strength of our commitment to the eastside community we serve and their interest in keeping this a thriving, community-supported hospital,” said President and CEO Craig Hendrickson.  “It was also exciting to welcome Mr. Mulally here to describe his turnaround of Ford, without government assistance, much the same as Overlake operates--without any taxpayer support but instead through the generosity of the community which we proudly serve every day.” 

As part of his remarks, Mulally fielded questions from the Overlake community on topics ranging from Ford’s turnaround to operating in a rapidly changing business environment. He recalled his early days at Ford facing losses of over $17 billion in 2006 and talked in detail about what he did to achieve the “highest profit in the company’s history,” and without any government assistance.  He spoke of pulling teams of people together to work collaboratively and in a transparent way as the root of Ford’s success, similar to the operating mindset of Overlake Medical Center.

Foundation Executive Director Molly Stearns said she was gratified with the outstanding show of support from the community.  “The dollars raised will be directed to Overlake’s Ensuring Excellence Fund for programs and services across Overlake’s broad network of care --helping our patients and families manage their health with the latest technologies and medical advances, a superb medical staff and high-quality, compassionate care.”

If you are interested in learning more about this event or pictures for use, please contact Lee Keller at 206-799-3805,, or Kipepeo Brown at 425-688-5603,

Overlake 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 and psychiatric services. 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,