Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community


New center brings unique services closer to families

Stanford Children's Health Specialty Services-Sunnyvale features lots of family-friendly amenities.


In May, Stanford Children’s Health opened the doors to a new pediatric subspecialty center to expand access to outpatient care for children and adolescents and couples dealing with fertility issues.

Stanford Children’s Health Specialty Service-Sunnyvale brings Stanford Medicine’s world-class expertise closer to patients so that families don’t have to travel as far to receive the highest standards of care. Outpatient procedures and follow-up care are offered close to South Bay homes, reducing travel time and stress and opening more slots to see a specialist.

The 80,000-square-foot building houses more than 20 clinical subspecialties, including dermatology, urology, neurology and pediatric development. Designed for flexibility and comfort, it features large and comfortable exam rooms, adjacent changing rooms, adaptable meeting spaces and plenty of family-friendly design.

The new center also is home to unique medical and therapeutic services that feature the latest technology available. This includes an EEG and pulmonary function lab, a phototherapy room and a radiology suite with ultrasound, fluoroscopy and bone density scanning. A high-tech lab is dedicated to the diagnosis and rehabilitation of sports injuries, including concussions, in young athletes.

“Bringing access to specialty care closer to home is part of our response to an evolving health care environment,” said Kim Roberts, chief strategy officer and chief administrative officer of physician practices at Stanford Children’s Health. “Many kids may be treated initially at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, but their follow-up and ongoing care can be provided close to where they live.”

Care for complex conditions

Ensuring that preeminent specialty care is more accessible for patients who need it is a huge plus for families, especially in the fast-growing South Bay region. It’s a model that reduces travel time and stress and creates more availability for those needing appointments. Of the more than 500,000 visits last year to Stanford Children’s Health facilities, including Packard Children’s Hospital, more than half were specialty care visits. These include chronic, complex or rare conditions such as cerebral palsy, lupus, diabetes and kidney disease that require ongoing care from pediatricians with specialized training in these complex illnesses.

“We are addressing a change from hospital-centered care to health needs that are managed locally,” said Roberts. “Most kids may be treated initially at the hospital, but their follow-up can be done close to where they live. Stanford Children’s Health Specialty Services-Sunnyvale represents the next generation of how we are putting the family experience first.”

Unique features

To address the growing number of injuries among young athletes, the center includes a 6,000-square-foot Pediatric Motion and Sports Performance Lab to analyze and rehabilitate children with neuromuscular disorders or sports injuries, including concussions. Its state-of-the-art equipment includes an antigravity treadmill, virtual reality simulation, an adaptive gait analysis machine and electromyography, a diagnostic procedure to assess the health of muscles and nerve cells. The lab also will allow researchers to study the science of movement in young people.

For couples seeking fertility treatment, the building houses the center for Stanford Medicine Fertility and Reproductive Health, which consolidates reproductive endocrinology and infertility services into one site. Open seven days a week, the expanded service includes 10 exam rooms, five consultation rooms, two treatment suites and a telemedicine suite. The IVF lab suite houses embryology and micro-manipulation equipment and features a state-of-the-art air filtration system.

“The lab and facilities are unmatched, from workflow layout to ergonomics to air quality,” said Barry Behr, PhD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the IVF laboratory. “By consolidating into one suite, we will be more comfortable for patients and more efficient in our procedures, which may lead to better outcomes.”

Support services

The building incorporates another unique feature: a radio-frequency identification system to streamline care and improve the patient experience, including a more efficient check-in and less waiting time.

Other services, such as Recreation Therapy & Child Life, social services, nutrition and on-call interpreters, are available onsite for immediate access for families. For staff, the center offers ongoing shuttles to and from the nearby Caltrain station, a private lactation room and spacious locker rooms with showers.

“The center strikes a balance, where we are close to the community and create a contemporary space to support physician practice,” Roberts said. “The building is flexible enough to grow in areas where demand is greatest. It’s not so much about square footage as it is about patient flow to make a positive experience for both visitors and staff.”

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