Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community


Investing in the next generation of medicine

Christopher Dawes, president and CEO of Stanford Children's Health; Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine; and David Entwistle, president and CEO of Stanford Health Care


This fall marks the beginning of a new era at Stanford Medicine, as we debut the first in a series of new facilities that will change the way we serve the community. Our two new hospitals, as well as upcoming research laboratories at the School of Medicine, will provide wide-ranging benefits to patients, as well as to researchers, health care providers and trainees. The ultimate goal of the Stanford Medicine renewal initiative is to foster an environment that is conducive to 21st-century medical and translational research and to provide the most advanced precision treatments and technologies to our patients.

The new Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, which will be unveiled in December, will be among the country's most technologically advanced, family-friendly and environmentally sustainable hospitals for babies, children and pregnant women. Designed in collaboration with staff, faculty, patients and the Family Advisory Council, the new hospital will add 521,000 square feet of building space, 3.5 acres of healing gardens and green space, 149 patient beds, and six new surgical suites, in addition to the seven existing ones. The hospital will incorporate new state-of-the-art imaging equipment, including an intraoperative MRI and one of the nation's only stand-alone combined PET/MRI scanners dedicated to pediatric patients.

Just a few hundred feet away, rapidly taking shape, is the new Stanford Hospital, where patients will benefit from the latest advancements in precision health. Designed with input from the Patient Advisory Council, the new hospital will feature private rooms, lots of natural light throughout the building, museum-quality art, and healing gardens that offer quiet and respite. As the only Level 1 trauma center between San Francisco and San Jose, the emergency department will more than double its capacity, supporting community members when they need our care most. The innovative new operating suites will have a hybrid design, allowing Stanford Medicine doctors to perform imaging during an operation, which will reduce the need for additional surgeries, as well as give them the capacity to adapt the space to incorporate technologies that may emerge in the future.

To best support our faculty and research teams, the School of Medicine is breaking ground on two projects this fall, including new research labs adjacent to the hospital that have been designed to advance collaborative science, and new faculty offices that encourage multidisciplinary approaches to patient care and clinical research. The research and office facilities will replace or expand infrastructure that was built in the 1950s; these have served our patients, scientists and staff well for decades, but they no longer fully meet the demands of our growing community in a seismically active region.

A historic initiative not only for Stanford Medicine but also for the city of Palo Alto, this multibillion-dollar renewal initiative is only the beginning of a new era in medical research and care as we lay the foundation for future modernization. By investing in new facilities on our medical campus, we ensure that we can continue to do what makes us unique: translate laboratory research to the patient bedside quickly and efficiently, giving patients treatment options available only here at Stanford.

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