Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community


The transformation of Stanford Medicine

Campaign to support new hospital, community benefits


Mariann Byerwalter is a co-chair of the Campaign for Stanford Medicine, which was officially launched in May with a $1 billion goal. The chair of the board of directors of Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Byerwalter believes that the launch of the campaign to build a new Stanford Hospital and to advance medical research is a historic moment not only for the university and the community but for medicine at large. In an interview with Stanford Medicine News, Byerwalter spoke about the scope of the effort and how it could help change the face of health care. Byerwalter also serves as a member of the board of directors of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Why is this campaign so important?

This campaign supports a transformation of health care here at Stanford and around the globe. It will enable the completion of the new Stanford Hospital, which is critical to this community. The campaign will allow us to invest in the work of some of medicine’s best researchers and teachers, achieving medical milestones just ahead and training future educators. And, because this campaign builds on the assets of both Stanford Medicine and Stanford University, it will contribute solutions to the daunting challenges of health-care delivery in this country, addressing issues of quality, accessibility and affordability.

What have been some of the campaign’s most significant milestones to date?

We have raised $500 million in pledges and expectancies for the new hospital. These include $175 million from generous donors to the project, $150 million from three leadership donors and $175 million in expectancies from the Corporate Partners program. We’ve also done the hard work of preparing for the campaign and a project of this size by developing the volunteer structures, securing university approvals, working through the entitlement process with the City of Palo Alto and engaging faculty and staff.

What is the special significance of this project to the community?

For the past 50 years, local residents have had one of the world’s best medical teams—experts across all fields, working together—right here in the community, ready to deliver their patient care. Now we will have a hospital facility that matches the quality of that team. The campaign also will make critical investments in teaching and research programs that will shape the next chapter of medicine, including cardiovascular care, cancer (and women’s cancer), neurosciences, stem cell medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and surgical science. These are all areas in which Stanford Medicine will play a global leadership role in the future.

What are some key features of the hospital that will be financed by this project?

The new hospital will include a state-of-the-art Emergency Department that is approximately three times the size of the existing one. It will have interventional platforms that revolutionize acute care medicine by bringing together surgical, imaging, interventional and intensive care capabilities all in one space. It will also incorporate one of the world’s most advanced collections of medical imaging capabilities, allowing for more powerful diagnostics and noninvasive interventions. And it will be built upon a patient-centered design that focuses on the social and emotional needs of patients, with private rooms, in-room stays for loved ones, a central atrium and a garden floor.

How does this campaign compare with previous campaigns at Stanford?

Stanford Medicine has never asked its community to support a fundraising campaign of this magnitude. In the late 1980s, generous donors supported the Stanford Hospital Modernization Project, which built the newer patient care units in the existing hospital. But we have never targeted anything this ambitious. The recently completed Stanford Challenge, the most successful fundraising campaign in higher education in history, did not address medicine and patient care specifically and did not have the local community focus of this campaign.

Is this campaign just for major donors?

In a project of this magnitude, we all have a role to play, and we are exploring multiple ways to engage our larger community. This campaign will create a new hospital, but it also aims to completely rethink how health care will be in the future. That requires philanthropic commitments, large and small. But it also requires creative thinking, moral support, volunteerism and advocacy.

Why are you personally involved with the campaign?

I have a deep respect and passion for the life-changing and life-saving work taking place at Stanford. For more than 25 years I have committed myself to the work of the university. This campaign is the culmination of years of planning and preparation for the next transformation at Stanford Medicine, and it is unquestionably my top personal volunteer service commitment. I have witnessed the remarkable combination of volunteers, visionaries, community leaders and philanthropic partners uniting to improve healing, teaching and discovery. Today we face an even more remarkable transformation, and with our collective efforts we can make a difference for generations to come.

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