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Aerial view of the new Stanford Hospital

The new Stanford Hospital welcomes its first patients

Today, after more than a decade of preparation, the new Stanford Hospital opens to the public. Follow along on social media.

Today, years of hard work, planning and preparation finally paid off -- early this morning the new Stanford Hospital at 500 Pasteur Drive in Palo Alto opens its doors for patient care. 

Designed with the patient experience in mind, the new 824,000-square-foot facility features 368 single-patient rooms, a 76-bay trauma center, 20 state-of-the-art operating rooms, five gardens and a meditation room. 

Now, it also has patients. 

At 9 a.m., David Entwistle, president and CEO of Stanford Health Care, will greet the first patient to enter the new hospital and will escort them across the enclosed skybridge that links the existing hospital at 300 Pasteur Drive to the new facility.

By midafternoon, around 240 patients will be transferred from the existing hospital and welcomed into the new facility at 500 Pasteur Drive.

"In every aspect of its design, our new facility enables us to provide high-tech, high-touch care to our patients and bring the latest biomedical advances to the bedside," said Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, in a Stanford Medicine news story.

"For so long, the Stanford Hospital has been a distant dream, something on the horizon," Entwistle said at last month's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new hospital. "The fact that we're here today to celebrate the culmination of more than a decade of work is truly amazing. We're here today because of the thousands of hours of effort from dedicated individuals. We should all take great pride in what we've been able to accomplish together."

For information on the new Stanford Hospital follow #NewStanfordHospital online and join in on the fun on the Stanford Health Care and Stanford Medicine Instagram channels.

Photo by Will Pryce, courtesy of Stanford Health Care

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