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Published on July 17, 2013

Overlake unveils new, state-of-the-art heart & vascular center

New 19,200-square-foot heart & vascular center will elevate the level of cardiac care on Eastside

BELLEVUE, Wash.July 17, 2013 Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue today unveiled its new state-of-the-art David and Shelley Hovind Heart & Vascular Center to patients, with it being fully operational by August 5, 2013. The new 19,200-square-foot facility will bring Overlake’s cardiac and vascular services together in one location and will feature the most advanced cardiovascular equipment and technology available on the Eastside. 

The facility will allow more real-time collaboration between physicians, facilitate consultation between physicians, patients and their families, and will improve the Eastside community’s access to cardiac care.

“For more than two decades we have offered the most comprehensive array of cardiac services on the Eastside and continue to be the only hospital that offers open heart surgery on the Eastside with nearly 40,000 patients receiving cardiac care at Overlake last year alone,” said Dr. Joseph Doucette, director of invasive cardiology at Overlake. “The opening of our new heart and vascular center is an important step forward and will help keep Overlake at the forefront of advanced cardiac care.”

Overlake’s top physicians worked closely with hospital leadership, architects and technical leads to ensure the new heart and vascular center would advance the hospital’s level of patient care and bring all testing and therapeutic services together in one location to improve physician collaboration.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and one person dies from cardiovascular disease every 40 seconds. Heart disease is most prevalent among men and women 65 and older, and on the Eastside this population is expected to increase by 30 percent over the next five years.

“The demand for advanced cardiovascular care on the Eastside is growing rapidly,” said Dr. Derek Rodrigues, an Overlake cardiologist. “The opening of this beautiful new facility marks an important milestone for the advancement of cardiovascular care in our area.”

During the last three years the number of open-heart surgeries performed by Overlake physicians has increased by nearly 35 percent and the number of EP/AF ablation procedures conducted has increased by 50 percent. This year Overlake expects to perform 400 open-heart surgeries and 600 EP/AF ablation procedures.

The new center is named the David and Shelley Hovind Heart & Vascular Center in recognition of the couple’s $1 million leadership gift. The Overlake Medical Center Foundation & Auxiliaries raised an additional $1.1 million for the new facility at the 2013 Bandage Ball, the Foundation’s annual fundraising gala and auction.  To date, the Overlake Medical Center Foundation and Auxiliaries has received more than $4 million in philanthropic donations for the new center.

If you are interested in scheduling a private tour of the new facility led by Overlake physicians, please contact Lee Keller at or Kipepeo Brown at

About Overlake Medical Center

Overlake Medical Center is a nonprofit, non-tax-supported regional medical center with a network of primary care, specialty and urgent care 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

About Overlake Medical Center Foundation and Overlake Auxiliaries

Funds raised by Overlake Medical Center 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,