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New Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to open in December

Today, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford announced the countdown to the opening of its new pediatric and obstetric hospital campus, which will welcome its first patients in December 2017.

“This will be the nation’s most technologically advanced, environmentally sustainable and family-friendly hospital for children and expectant mothers,” said Christopher G. Dawes, chief executive officer, in a hospital press release.

The press release explains many features of the new facility, which will be connected to the original hospital and will more than double its size to a total of 844,000 square feet. A few highlights:

  • There will be 149 new patient beds, bringing the total onsite to 361.
  • Six new surgical suites are being constructed, bringing the hospital's total to 13.
  • The hospital will have the only pediatric neuro-hybrid surgery suite in California, equipped with diagnostic MRI and angiography equipment as well as a full operating room. In the suite, surgeons will be able to get updated images during surgery, for instance to check that a patient's entire brain tumor has been removed before the surgical incision is closed.
  • Amenities for families include will sleeping accommodations for two family members in every patient room and laundry facilities and family kitchens on every floor.
  • The hospital will be surrounded by 3.5 acres of gardens that feature California native plants and include sculptures kids can climb on.
  • Built-in water conservation is expected to save 800,000 gallons of water per year, and energy efficient features such as an external shading system will cut thermal energy consumption by 60 percent compared to other similar-sized hospitals.

“The new hospital’s innovative technology, family-centered design and advanced sustainability features will further advance our academic mission and vision for precision health — enabling us to offer the highest levels of predictive, preventive and personalized care to all of our patients,” said Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of Stanford's medical school.

After the new building opens, much of the existing hospital will be renovated. “We are all working with focused dedication and excited anticipation as we move toward the opening of our new campus,” said Dawes.

Previously: Peeking inside the expanding Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, Water-conscious hospital will debut in 2017 with expansion of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Weathering heights: Crane operator makes the climb for hospital expansion
Photo courtesy of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

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