Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Milestone move

Redwood City outpatient center will consolidate high-demand services



As Stanford prepares to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the historic move by the School of Medicine and hospital from San Francisco to Palo Alto in 1959, another milestone move is just months away. In February 2009, the Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center will open in Redwood City, marking the start of a new era in ambulatory care.

Major academic and clinical programs will move from their current location at Stanford Medical Center to expanded, state-of-the-art facilities in the 360,000-square-foot Outpatient Center. The move represents the first time in half a century that Stanford has relocated multiple academic and clinical activities away from its main academic campus.

One-stop care

Programs making the move to Redwood City include all outpatient services for orthopedics, dermatology, sleep medicine and pain management. A new Digestive Health Center is being planned to meet the growing need for endoscopies and weight management care. An on-site imaging center will offer advanced diagnostic radiology, MRI and CT. Eight operating rooms at the new facility have been designed especially for the increasing number of surgical patients who do not require hospitalization.

“Our goal is to create an environment for these Centers of Excellence that matches Stanford’s quality of care,” said Stanford Hospital President and CEO Martha Marsh. “Every aspect of patient comfort, convenience and service is being carefully planned.”

Facing the need to rebuild Stanford Hospital adjacent to its current location in order to meet state-mandated seismic safety requirements and to address urgent capacity issues, the hospital sought a nearby site where combined research and clinical centers could provide outpatient services in a one-stop location for patients.

Concurrently, the School of Medicine undertook an analysis of its research activities whose goal is to turn discoveries in the lab into innovative treatments for patients. More than 100 Stanford faculty physicians from the School of Medicine will have offices and clinics at the new Outpatient Center.


Improved access

“We are pleased to collaborate with Stanford Hospital to bring important medical and surgical services to our community,” said School of Medicine Dean Philip Pizzo, MD. “Improving access to clinical care and enhancing the quality and performance of our clinical services go hand in hand with our efforts to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease through research and innovation.”

Stanford outpatient clinics that are not moving to Redwood City will remain in their current locations on the main Stanford campus. Following construction of the new Stanford Hospital (currently projected to open in 2015–16 next to the existing hospital), these programs are expected to occupy renovated or rebuilt facilities at the medical center.

“This expanded capacity will improve access to services where growing demand has outpaced capacity in our current location,” said Helen Wilmot, the hospital’s vice president for ambulatory services. She estimates that 120,000 patient visits (20 percent of the annual outpatient total) will take place annually at the Redwood City location, along with 9,000 surgical procedures per year.

For imaging services in particular, Wilmot notes that the waiting time for appointments will be significantly reduced. In addition to the new outpatient imaging services to be provided at the Redwood City location, the hospital recently opened the Stanford Medicine Imaging Center on Sherman Avenue in Palo Alto. The Department of Radiology is planning centralized scheduling that will match the type of service a patient needs with the soonest available appointment in the most convenient location.

Campus plans

Within a few years, Stanford University also will open new administrative facilities on the 35 acres surrounding the Outpatient Center site. The university has chosen Redwood City as the location for its first large-scale, major move of administrative and support functions away from the core academic campus in Palo Alto. It has begun the process of seeking required approvals from the City of Redwood City to build up to 1.5 million square feet on the property, with the first phase of approximately 500,000 square feet projected to start construction in 2010, with initial occupancy in 2012.

“The university is committed to creating a campus-like environment in Redwood City,” said Steven Elliott, Stanford’s managing director for development projects. “Increased landscaping, attractive work environments and a pedestrian-friendly approach are guiding our design and planning.”

The Redwood City campus is expected to have the capability to handle the university’s growth for the long term.

“Few could have imagined the tremendous potential that was created when the medical school and hospital moved from San Francisco to Palo Alto 50 years ago,” said Marsh. “It is our hope that 50 years from now, the move to Redwood City will prove to have been as farsighted in advancing medical care—not only for patients here but for patients everywhere.”

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