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PSE Foundation grant funds hospital emergency equipment

(3/9/17) Last week, Puget Sound Energy Foundation gave $30,000 to the Overlake Medical Center Foundation to provide new two-way radios that staff can use to communicate in the case of an emergency evacuation.

Overlake Medical Center, located in Bellevue, needed the radios to allow staff to move quickly to ensure the safety of patients, especially when evacuation is required. Cell networks often go down, making personal phones unreliable during a crisis.

“PSE has been an important partner of Overlake Medical Center for more than 35 years,” said Molly Stearns, Chief Development Officer of the Overlake Foundation and Auxiliaries. “We are grateful for today’s gift that will help Overlake continue to put patient safety front and center.”

“As fellow first responders, we know that being able to communicate is key to managing an emergency situation,” said Marla Mellies, vice president of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation and our senior vice president and Chief Administrative Officer. “We share Overlake’s commitment to the health and safety of our region and we’re honored to be part of their efforts to ensure they have the best tools to facilitate patient treatment in a disaster.”

As a nonprofit hospital that receives no public tax support, Overlake relies on donations to help support program, technology and capital needs and provide care for patients and families coming to the 349-bed regional medical center.

Pictured from left:

Marla Mellies, Vice President of PSE Foundation & Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, PSE; Tiffany Koenig, Board of Trustees chair; Denis Uhler, Director of Supply Chain Management; Michael J. Marsh, CEO, Overlake Medical Center; Molly Stearns, Executive Director, Overlake Medical Center Foundation