Overlake opens new, expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit today

Overlake opens new, expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit today
Maddy Thompson donated $57 dollars to the NICU. Her generosity earned her the honor of cutting the ribbon.

This morning Overlake Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of its new, expanded $3.6 million Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). After a few short speeches, nine-year-old Maddy Thompson, a donor and resident of Bellevue, had the privilege of cutting the ribbon that brings the unit into operation to allow doctors to treat babies at 26 weeks gestation.

The public is invited to view the new NICU Unit during an open house this afternoon from 4 to 7 p.m.

Although rushing off to perform a delivery, Kristin Graham, MD, medical director for Women & Children's Services at Overlake spoke to the crowd that included former patients who are now healthy babies, "We've been working toward this new start for NICU for years that will allow us to take care of smaller, younger babies, their moms and families."

"We want to be able to keep our families and tiniest patients together on the Eastside as well as provide the highest level of care," continued Dr. Graham.

Parents Jody Cunningham and Mark Menella of Bellevue showed their appreciation to Overlake's neonatal unit by making a large donation in the name of their twin sons, who are now attending college in California. "They were born premature on 8/08," explained Cunningham. "So, their names, Brett and Alex Mannella, will be on door number 8."