Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Celebrates 25 Years of Innovation, Excellence and Care for Children and Expectant Mothers

* June 10 anniversary also kicks off a one-year countdown to the
opening of a 520,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, new main building to
further advance the preeminent pediatric and obstetric health system

STANFORD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–From the beginning, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford stood
out. When it opened on June 10, 1991, it was one of very few children’s
hospitals in America to incorporate both pediatrics and labor and
delivery in one facility.

Now, 25 years later, the hospital is the centerpiece of a preeminent
pediatric and obstetric health system that has 65 locations in the Bay
Area. And, since 1991, the hospital and enterprise have logged more than
3 million clinic visits, 1600 solid organ transplants, 110,000 births –
and found a permanent place on the U.S.
News & World Report
annual list of America’s best children’s

The silver anniversary, one month from today, is a perfect time to look
back on a remarkable period of extraordinary care – and look ahead to
the 2017 premiere of a new main building for the pediatric and obstetric
medical campus.

“From the start, our goal has been to fulfill the vision of Lucile
Salter Packard, our generous founder and visionary for children’s
health,” said Christopher
G. Dawes
, president and CEO, who has led the hospital and enterprise
since 1997 and was previously chief operating officer. “She planned a
very nurturing environment, one that would make possible medical
breakthroughs for our children, our grandchildren and the children of
the future.”

“I remember opening day just like it was yesterday,” recalled renowned
neonatologist and researcher David
Stevenson, MD
, professor of pediatrics at the Stanford University
School of Medicine. Stevenson helped plan and open the hospital, where
he’s still treating and saving premature infants. “It was really
exciting to see the whole community come out to celebrate. Their support
has played a huge role in our tremendous impact.”

Lucile Packard, long an advocate for the health of children and
expectant mothers, unfortunately passed away before the hospital’s
début. She and husband David Packard founded the hospital with a $40
million donation in 1986. “Her magnificent spirit still guides
everything we do,” said Dawes. “She would have loved this place and all
we’ve achieved.”

Those achievements include a series of notable breakthroughs in academic
and clinical excellence. Some highlights:

  • Launch of the 1st mobile clinic program in America specifically
    targeting underserved adolescents
  • Development of a non-steroid, immune-suppressing drug regimen for
    organ transplant recipients
  • Open-heart surgery on the youngest and smallest infant ever to undergo
    such an operation
  • Groundbreaking improvements in pregnancy and newborn care
  • Leadership in pre-term birth research
  • Pioneering food allergy research
  • Studies focused on eradicating disease for children around the world
  • Recognition as #1 in the U.S. in solid organ transplant volume

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Becoming one of the nation’s elite children’s hospitals has long been a
collaborative effort with the Stanford
University School of Medicine
, Stanford
, and the top minds in Silicon Valley, all “tremendous
drivers of our innovation and achievements,” Dawes said.

Dawes also saluted the unwavering generosity of donors through the
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, and the extraordinary
support of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. “They’ve helped
propel every element of our success.” And through aggressive outreach
and advocacy, the hospital and enterprise have become leaders in
community service – and providing care regardless of a family’s ability
to pay.

“I know my mother would be extraordinarily proud of everything Lucile
Packard Children’s Hospital stands for,” said Susan Packard Orr, vice
chair of the hospital’s board of directors. “The breakthrough
discoveries, the community service, the family centered approach and
such great care are exactly what she wanted this hospital to be.”

Expanding access to meet demand

“Major advances in patient care mean that more children today are living
into adulthood with serious and chronic diseases that would have been
fatal 15-25 years ago,” said Christy
Sandborg, MD
, pediatric rheumatologist and professor of pediatrics
at the School of Medicine. “There’s an increasing demand for more space
to care for these kids and families.”

That’s why Packard Children’s Hospital will début in the summer of 2017
a new centerpiece for the pediatric and obstetric medical campus – a
$1.1 billion expansion that adds 521,000 square feet of building space
and 149 patient beds. The project will create America’s most
technologically advanced, family-friendly and environmentally
sustainable hospital for children and expectant mothers.

“The hospital’s expansion signals its continued dedication to the
sickest patients, and illustrates the essential role children’s
hospitals play in our health care system,” said Mark Wietecha, president
and CEO of the Children’s
Hospital Association
in Washington, D.C.

The hospital’s influence expanded further in 2012, and in a way no one
could have predicted back in 1991. “We launched a new, integrated
network called Stanford Children’s Health,” said Dawes. The network,
with the hospital as centerpiece, now has 65 locations in Northern
California and 100 locations in the Western United States. “It was our
response to a changing health care environment and consumers’ increased
demand for high-quality services, like those at Stanford Medicine, to be
available closer to their homes.”

That model, providing everything from routine check-ups to advanced
treatment, has been a runaway success. Together with the hospital, this
comprehensive health system receives more than 500,000 clinic visits a

The next 25

As the pediatric and obstetric teaching hospital of the School of
Medicine, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford
Children’s Health will continue to have access to the top minds in
science, research and innovation.

“For the past 25 years, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has
helped to lead the world in advancing pediatric research, care, and
training, for the benefit of countless children,” said Lloyd
Minor, MD
, dean of the School of Medicine. “As an integral part of
Stanford Medicine, the hospital will remain indispensable to our
overarching vision for precision health, through which we win the race
against childhood and adult disease before it even begins — preventing
conditions before they strike and curing them decisively if they do.”

Those cures are poignantly illustrated in stories of lives saved. For
instance, 5-month-old Liam
of San Jose, California, recently became the first baby in the
world successfully treated with prenatal maternal hyper-oxygenation for
his rare heart defect. His parents were thrilled to take him home with a
great prognosis. And the family of Elliot
, age 7, is so happy that he was successfully treated for a brain
tumor at Packard Children’s that they return to the U.S. every year from
China for a reunion with their care team.

“In the end, it’s stories like these that best represent how our staff
is fulfilling the vision of our beloved founder,” Dawes said. “Lucile
Packard inspires our past, present, and future, and we think she’d be
very proud of everything we done.”

* Find out more about our expanding pediatric and obstetric medical
campus at
In addition, adult care is being advanced through the
Stanford Hospital
, which will be premiering in 2018.

About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile
Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at
its core, is the largest Bay Area health care enterprise exclusively
dedicated to children and expectant mothers. Long recognized by U.S.
News & World Report
as one of America’s best, we are a leader in
world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every
pediatric and obstetric specialty, with care ranging from the routine to
rare, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Together with our Stanford
physicians, nurses, and staff, we can be accessed through
partnerships, collaborations, outreach, specialty clinics and primary
care practices at 65 locations in Northern California and 100 locations
in the U.S. western region. As a non-profit, we are committed to
supporting our community – from caring for uninsured or underinsured
kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to helping re-establish school
nurse positions in local schools. Learn more at
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