Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Winter 2011

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Innovation and personal attention have been the hallmarks of care at Packard Children’s for the past 20 years.

A children’s hospital grows up

It’s a big milestone: This year, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital turns 20. Babies born in the hospital in 1991 are now attending college, and many of the first patients have kids of their own.

Packard Children’s has grown up, too. Since David and Lucile Packard made the $40 million donation that enabled the hospital to open its doors on June 9, 1991, the institution has become a national leader in innovative pediatric and obstetric care.

“We have a history of combining superb translated science and medical care with the first-order value of service to children and their families,” said David Stevenson, MD, director of the hospital’s Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services. Early in his career, Stevenson helped plan Packard Children’s, traveling with Lucile Packard and Irving Schulman, MD, then chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford, to learn what the community needed in the new hospital. Read Story »

Did you know?

The human body contains about 26 feet of intestine.


Sound Bites

“We can’t control our genes, but we can control our environment. You need to make your shield thicker, and that’s done through medication and psychotherapy.”

Kiki Chang, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Pediatric Bipolar Disorders Program, on treating children with bipolar disorder

San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 8

“Our culture’s changing. We are 24/7. People are so plugged in. There’s no transition time, no getting ready for sleep.”

Allison Siebern, PhD, clinical instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate director of Stanford’s Insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, on why so many Americans suffer from insomnia.

Mercury News, Jan. 8

“We know that behavioral change is a cycle. They get on the bus, they get off the bus.”

Heather Schwartz, a medical nutrition therapist at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, on the battle with her diabetic patients to stick to their health plans. A recent study suggests that people are able to regulate their behavior more than they think.

Santa Cruz Sentinel, Jan. 9

“People are being hurt and even dying because of false medical claims.”

John Ioannidis, MD, chief of the Stanford Prevention Research Center, on misleading biomedical research.

Newsweek, Jan. 24

“Someone will say something profound that everyone can connect with, and it can be very moving. That is a spiritual process.”

Keith Humphreys, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and a specialist in addiction medicine, commenting on a study finding that spirituality plays a role in recovery from alcoholism., Dec. 14


It’s a birthday party!

A Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of LPCH ... Its Past, Present and Future will be held on Sunday, June 26, from 10 am to 4 pm at the intersection of Quarry and Welch roads. Read Story »

Stanford Hospital welcomes new CEO

Amir Dan Rubin, formerly chief operating officer at the UCLA Health System in Los Angeles, became the new president and chief executive officer of Stanford Hospital & Clinics in January. He succeeds Martha Marsh, who retired from Stanford Hospital as CEO in September 2010 after serving for eight years. Read Story »

Targeting women's cancers

For Lisa Schatz, receiving a diagnosis of cancer in 2006 was a kind of surreal experience. She remembers standing outside the Stanford Cancer Center, wondering, “I’m so healthy. How did this happen to me?” Read Story »

Designed with patients in mind

Patients will have private rooms that integrate the use of personal technology; they will be able to undergo multidisciplinary procedures at one time and in one place; and their families will be able to consult with doctors over video monitors. Read Story »

First step toward testing stem cell therapy for spinal injuries

In January, Stanford University School of Medicine became the third site in the country to participate in a landmark clinical trial to use human embryonic stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries. The trial, primarily designed to test the safety of these cells, will enroll up to 10 patients who have experienced recent paralysis below the waist due to spinal cord trauma. Read Story »

Filling the communication gap

Every time a patient moves from one part of the hospital to another or leaves the hospital to go to another care facility, it’s critical that the patient’s medical information is effectively communi-cated from one caregiver to another. Often, however, that is not the case: Studies estimate that as many as 80 percent of preventable errors begin with poor communication among caregivers. Read Story »

Fitness for life

Victorine Raugi is brave and bright of spirit although disabled in body. She can’t walk independently. Yet there she is at Little House, a senior center in Menlo Park, hands grasping the ends of a yellow rubber fitness band, stretching its resistance with all her might. “I talked to my doctor about this and she said, ‘Keep it up.’ At 92, I’m failing but this is keeping me strong.” Read Story »


Symposium on autism spectrum disorders

The Stanford Autism Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital will host its fourth annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update on April 2. More »



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