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Patients, ribbons and excitement on the new Stanford Hospital’s first day

On Sunday, Nov. 17, the new Stanford Hospital opened its doors to its first patients. Families, patients, staff, and more were on hand for the big day.

Welcome to the new Stanford Hospital! Its first day, Sunday, was a whirlwind of excitement -- carefully orchestrated excitement.

At 9 a.m., the first patients were rolled across the skybridge, which connects the existing hospital at 300 Pasteur Drive with the new facility at 500 Pasteur Drive. As Helen Wilmot, a Stanford Health Care vice president explained in the day-of release:

In a period of roughly 3 ½ hours, a team of more than 1,600 Stanford Health Care employees moved hundreds of adult patients from the existing hospital to the new Stanford Hospital. On average, one patient was moved into the new hospital every three to four minutes... This is an incredible logistical feat that required months of planning. "

Peek in on the patient procession:

Once across the bridge, about 200 patients were settled into their new rooms -- one per patient, plenty of privacy for all.

The new Stanford Hospital was designed for healing -- with single rooms and abundant natural light.

The hospital opening also marked the split of the emergency departments into two -- one for kids and one for adults.

With features like a rooftop garden, the 824,000-square-foot hospital keeps its focus squarely on the patients that will heal there and the staff that will work there. But it also includes top technology, including robots:

As Stanford Health Care President & CEO David Entwistle said:

The new Stanford Hospital is more than a building. It is a bold statement about our purpose and how we intend to care for our patients, not just today, but decades into the future.

Photos by Steve Fisch, Kevin Meynell; Video by Julie Greicius

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