Overlake Hospital Announces 24-Hour Urgent Care In Issaquah

ISSAQUAH, Wash., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Overlake Hospital Medical Center is opening a 24-hour Urgent Care in Issaquah Saturday, February 12, 2005 as the next step in its ongoing plan to bring more advanced medical services to the Issaquah community.

The Urgent Care is conveniently located in the heart of Issaquah, at the Overlake Medical Center Issaquah -- 6520 226th Pl SE, Suite 150, Issaquah, WA 98027, at the junction of E. Lake Sammamish Parkway SE and Issaquah-Fall City Road.

"Overlake Hospital has been dedicated to the Eastside for more than 40 years. The Urgent Care is a continuation of our services currently available in Issaquah," says Ken Graham, President and CEO of Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. "In 2001 Overlake Hospital promised it would bring more medical services and a hospital to the Issaquah community. We are delivering on our promise."

The Urgent Care will be open 24-hours, 7-days a week with onsite medical imaging and lab services. The Urgent Care specializes in treating illnesses and injuries that aren't life threatening but still require immediate attention. It will be managed by Overlake Hospital emergency trained physicians. There will be eight exam rooms and one procedure room.

"The Urgent Care is an extension of the high quality care that patients have come to expect from Overlake Hospital's Level 3 Trauma Emergency Center, less than 10 miles away," states Steve Marshall, MD, Medical Director of Overlake Hospital Emergency Department. "The community will not only benefit from the higher level of care, but they will also save money. An average emergency department visit can cost more than $1,100, while an Urgent Care visit can cost approximately $200."

The Urgent Care complements Overlake's existing services in Issaquah: breast imaging center, a women's center, family practice, surgery center and medical imaging. Overlake also has more than 90 physicians that are affiliated with the hospital and practice in the Issaquah area.

"If you are having a true emergency you still need to call 911," states Dr. Marshall. "An ambulance will take you to the closest hospital with an Emergency Department, which is Overlake Hospital Medical Center."

Overlake Hospital plans to build a 120-bed hospital in Issaquah by 2009, pending a review of the hospital's Certificate of Need by the State Department of Health. The hospital will offer all services, including a level two neonatal nursery. The 120 beds will be implemented in two phases, with 86 beds in 2009 and the remaining 34 beds added in 2015.

Overlake Hospital Medical Center is a 337-bed, not-for-profit regional medical center offering a full range of advanced medical services to the Puget Sound Region. Overlake is the only Level III Trauma Center in eastern Puget Sound. The hospital is distinguished for its cardiac services and its award winning surgical services. Overlake has been ranked as a top 100 heart program in the country and is rated as a top performer in the state of Washington. Major service areas include: cardiac surgery, cardiology, surgical services, cancer center, women's and children's services, childbirth center, Level III NICU, behavioral health, senior care, sleep disorders center and women's clinic. Overlake is also involved in several national clinical trials. Overlake Hospital Medical Center employs more than 2,200 people and has more than 800 active and courtesy physicians on staff. For more information, visit the hospital's Web site at http://www.overlakehospital.org/.

CONTACT: Katie McCarthy of Overlake Hospital Medical Center, +1-425-688-5177, or katie.mccarthy@overlakehospital.org.

Overlake Hospital Medical Center

CONTACT: Katie McCarthy of Overlake Hospital Medical Center,+1-425-688-5177, or katie.mccarthy@overlakehospital.org

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