Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Opens in Palo Alto
By Susannah Blakey, Close-Up Media Staff Writer
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford has opened its new Main building and grounds.
The hospital reached the final step to announcing an opening date when it received its license from the California Department of Public Health on December 4. Designed to transform the patient and family experience, the new 521,000-square-foot building more than doubles the size of the existing pediatric and obstetric hospital campus.
The new building adds 149 patient beds for a total of 361 on the Palo Alto campus, enabling the hospital to serve more patients than ever before and allowing it to deploy awaited renovation plans for the existing hospital building.
Patient move day took place on a Saturday, when the weekly census is at its lowest. More than 100 pediatric patients will be moved from the existing hospital (now called the West building) across to the new Main building and into new acute patient care units and pediatric and cardiovascular intensive care units.
"Hundreds of staff have prepared for months and months for this day, when this new building becomes part of our working hospital," said Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO of the hospital and Stanford Children's Health.
To run the new building, the hospital hired more than 500 new staff members in positions, ranging from nursing to food and housekeeping service roles.
Along with the patient care units, bridge corridors connecting the new Main building with the West building has also opened, along with the Dunlevie Garden, the new Harvest Café, the Family Resource Center and the Story Corner.
According to a release, the new Imaging Center features some of the most state-of-the-art technology in the hospital, including a PET/MRI that combines two important types of imaging technologies, PET (positron emission tomography) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). This combined modality, the only PET/MRI exclusively dedicated to pediatric patients in Northern California, allows physicians to see how diseases are behaving in the body, monitor the effects of treatment and craft treatment plans to cater to the patient's needs.
The surgical suites and neuro-interventional and catheterization labs are still under construction and are slated to open mid-year 2018.
"To say this place is extraordinary would be an understatement. The people that work inside these walls saved my daughter's life and made us feel like part of their family," Jennifer Watson said during her address at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "To the doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers, I am so happy that you have a new home in which to continue your amazing work of healing and saving lives."
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