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Expanded space to meet growing needs

The expanded Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford will integrate family-centered design with the most advanced medical and diagnostic technologies.


After nearly a decade in the making, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has begun the countdown to the debut of its expanded pediatric and obstetric hospital campus, which is slated to open in fall 2017.

The $1.2 billion expansion will nearly double the size of the existing campus, adding 521,000 square feet, 3.5 acres of garden space, 149 patient beds and six operating suites, with room to grow as demand increases. It will be the nation’s most technologically advanced, environmentally sustainable and family-friendly hospital for children and expectant mothers.

“In our 25 years we’ve become leaders in providing the best care for children and pregnant women. Keeping pace with the growing needs of our patients was the catalyst for this transformation,” said Christopher G. Dawes, chief executive officer. “We’ll continue to build world-renowned programs as part of Stanford Medicine and advance research in every pediatric and obstetric specialty.”

Improving health outcomes

With 13 surgical suites, the new Packard Children’s will have more operating rooms than any children’s hospital in Northern California, reducing scheduling delays and waits when surgeries take longer than planned.

A neuro-hybrid surgery suite — the only one of its kind in a California children’s hospital — will feature state-of-the-art diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging, direct access to angiography imaging equipment and a full operating room. The suite will enable surgeons to view updated images during surgery and reimage patients before closing surgical incisions. The facility also will have a dedicated isotope radiation therapy room for cancer patients and one of the nation’s only standalone combined PET/MRI scanner dedicated to pediatric patients.

A holistic approach

The expansion’s design, by award-winning architectural firm Perkins + Will in association with HGA Architects and Engineers, promotes a holistic approach to healing. The building was designed in partnership with patients, families and every level of hospital staff and faculty to ensure all areas of need were accounted for.

“From the beginning, the vision for expansion was not only founded in a mission to lead the way in children’s health but to nurture the whole family,” said Anne McCune, chief operating officer. “Many of our patients require acute and chronic care, and the hospital becomes a second home for the entire family.”

Private patient rooms will be more spacious, with sleeping accommodations for two family members, as well as amenities like laundry facilities and family kitchens on every floor. Unique features will include a digital interactive wall and a dedicated broadcast studio where children can create video content that can be shared in patient rooms throughout the hospital.

Bridging nature

Nature, an important part of the holistic approach to health care, will be present throughout the expanded campus. Outside, 3.5 acres of garden space will incorporate the topography of Northern California, and the hospital’s Dunlevie Garden will feature educational and engaging sculptures for children to explore. Interior signage and design will reflect California ecosystems. Each floor will feature overlook areas, and every patient room window will have a planter box, providing a connection to nature.

“When my mother founded this hospital, she envisioned a place where children and families could receive truly healing care,” said Susan Packard Orr. “She saw the power that nature had to heal, and I’m proud that we have carried her vision forward with world-class sustainability and holistic elements throughout the new hospital.”

Water conservation, renewable energy use, recycling programs, green housekeeping and local food offerings are integral to the expansion project and will set the standard for sustainability in hospital design. Water-efficient landscapes and collection systems are expected to save 800,000 gallons of water a year, and energy innovations such as an external-shading system are anticipated to keep thermal energy consumption to 60 percent less than that of similarly sized hospitals in the region.

Growing together

Community support was key in making this expansion possible. The “Breaking New Ground” campaign, which ran from 2007 to 2012 under the volunteer leadership of Anne Bass, Elizabeth Dunlevie and Orr, raised $262 million for the expansion. Further funding will come from hospital income and operating services, public bond money and ongoing community support.

The expansion will enable the hospital to transition and grow major programs into the new main building, including the Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases, the Pediatric Transplant Center and the Children’s Heart Center. The relocation of those centers will allow the existing Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services to be renovated into private obstetrics rooms. In addition, services previously shared with Stanford Hospital will have a dedicated presence inside the children’s hospital.

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