Bellevue’s Overlake Medical Center is kicking off a $242 million expansion, starting with a $20 million cancer center.

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Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue is launching Wednesday the first phase of a long-planned, $242 million expansion, beginning with a cancer center to provide comprehensive, coordinated care on the Eastside.

Work to build out the $20 million cancer center, set to open in the second quarter of 2017, will start soon, said Michael Marsh, chief executive of the nonprofit community hospital.

“What we’re really doing is integrating all of our cancer services in one central location,” Marsh said.

Overlake has offered cancer services for years, but the new center will make diagnosis and treatment easier and more convenient, he added.

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The expansion, dubbed “Project futureCARE,” will include a new east tower, a new childbirth and mom and baby care center, an expanded behavioral-health unit and two additional surgical suites. There will be larger patient rooms, enhanced respiratory services and more laboratory space.

A new main-campus entrance is also planned for the site, at 1035 116th Ave. N.E. in Bellevue.

The project doesn’t add new beds to the 349-bed hospital, Marsh said.

It’s an expansion that’s been planned for a decade, according to a master plan filed in 2005 with Bellevue city officials. Plans have been finalized during the past 18 months, Marsh said. It’s aimed at serving the fast-growing Eastside population.

Overlake officials have raised $10 million from donors of the $20 million needed to fund the new cancer center, demonstrating public support for the project, he said.

The expansion is expected to be complete by 2023.