Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community


Community matters

Christopher Dawes, CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford; Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the School of Medicine; and Amir Dan Rubin, CEO of Stanford Health Care.


Stanford Medicine, which includes Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health, is growing to make possible a new future for health care—one rooted in prevention and health, even as our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disease continues to provide life-changing outcomes for our patients. We’re working toward a future in which we harness the power of biomedical information to deliver care that is predictive, preventive, proactive and precise to keep each individual patient healthy. We are leading the biomedical revolution in Precision Health.

To achieve this vision, we are growing our breadth of services and depth of expertise. You’ve probably seen signs of this growth as you travel around the Bay Area. At the center of this change is the transformation on our medical campus, where we are building our new adult hospital for opening in 2018; expanding our children’s and maternity hospital for opening in 2017; opening a comprehensive neuroscience health center in late 2015; and creating new laboratory, education and office spaces for our faculty physicians, research scientists, medical students and professionals in training. But there’s more to our story.

As we prepare to redefine health and health care delivery, we’re reimagining the health care we provide in our many locations off campus. We’re building new patient care, research and office locations throughout the Bay Area and fostering partnerships and joint ventures with the finest regional hospitals and health centers.

In the coming months, we’ll open our new Stanford Cancer Center South Bay in San Jose (see story, page 5), a new Stanford Health Care primary care location in Santa Clara and new locations for our Stanford Children’s Health network in Los Gatos and Sunnyvale. This summer Stanford Health Care also will begin the integration of ValleyCare Health System’s facilities, which will significantly improve patient access in the Tri-Valley region of Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin.

Moreover, our faculty physicians travel to remote locations in other cities and states where they see patients regularly for treatment and follow-up care. And, through our adult and pediatric/obstetric medical networks, we’re multiplying our clinical settings for highest quality primary and specialty care to be more convenient for patients and families.

As our facilities grow, so does our Stanford University School of Medicine faculty, who drive advances in their fields of expertise, care for patients and pass their knowledge along to medical students, interns, fellows, nurses and colleagues. We’re planning to increase our faculty by 48 percent over the next 10 years. To support their work, a new Biomedical Innovation building and a Clinical Excellence Center will open in 2019.

If Stanford Medicine is to be a global leader in Precision Health, we must commit to the health of our organization as well. To care for patients with needs from routine to rare, we work to ensure that each of our physicians maintains expertise in his or her practice and that we continuously improve in all that we do. At the same time, as an academic medical center with a premier medical school at its core, Stanford Medicine is growing to make care more easily available for patient participation in clinical trials, medical research and the training of future health care professionals who will embark on careers at hospitals and clinics across the country.

Through these efforts, we bring the most advanced treatment and prevention approaches to as many people as possible. We’re proud to be making the discoveries that will become the highest standard of care at other hospitals too. In this way, patients across the country and even across the globe—although they may never meet a Stanford Medicine doctor or nurse in person—will benefit from path-breaking methods developed here on the Stanford campus and in our diverse locations.

This is our essential role as a world-class academic medical center: to expand our reach and maximize patient access so that we may improve human health. We look forward to being the place you rely on for the most advanced and compassionate care, wherever you may live.

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