Two suburban Seattle hospitals are joining together to offer an open-heart surgery program in a cost-saving move that may lead to further collaboration, hospital officials said. As the Evergreen Overlake Health Partnership, 244-bed Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, Kirkland, Wash., and 337-bed Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue, Wash., filed a joint application for certificate of need for the program. In the future, the partnership could include other combined efforts, including primary-care services. The cardiac program will enable Evergreen to develop open-heart surgery and elective cardiac catheterization services with the help of Overlake, which has a 76-bed cardiac department and the Reigert Chest Pain Service. Overlake, with 22 cardiologists on staff, has been ranked as one of the top 100 heart programs in the country. "This is a big step for the two hospitals," said Steve Brown, CEO of Evergreen Healthcare. "It just makes sense for the whole community. We have one cardiac program on two sites." -- by Patrick Reilly
Wash. hospitals partner on open-heart program
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