Stanford Hospital & Clinics Officially Broke Ground on New Hospital in Palo Alto, May 1, 2013

May 1st, 2013

For Immediate Release

Media Contacts: James Larkin, (650) 736-9459
Courtney Lodato, (650) 213-2217

STANFORD, Calif., – May 1, 2013 – A new chapter in the history of Stanford Hospital & Clinics begins today with the official groundbreaking for the new Stanford Hospital. The facility will add 824,000 square-feet to the existing hospital, increase patient capacity to 600 beds, and expand intensive care and emergency services. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017 and patient care will begin in 2019.

“Stanford Hospital & Clinics seeks to transform patient care, with a focus on delivering our unique brand of leading edge and coordinated care,” said Amir Dan Rubin, President and CEO, Stanford Hospital & Clinics. “Advancing the way in which care is delivered requires state-of-the-art facilities that are designed to provide patients with a healing environment and can accommodate new technologies as they become available. We believe the new Stanford Hospital will be the world’s most advanced inpatient setting.”

Designed by the internationally recognized Rafael Viñoly Architects, the innovative concept is based on a philosophy of patient-centered care. The facility will feature individual patient rooms with large windows that provide extensive natural light – proven to speed the healing process – and ample space for family members to gather and even spend the night. At the heart of the hospital will be a garden level that provides a quiet retreat for patients and families. The facility also incorporates the latest in green technology to reduce the hospital’s environmental impact.

“The new Stanford Hospital will serve the local community, even as its benefits are felt well beyond it — in excellent patient care, the development of innovative therapies and treatments, and the education of tomorrow’s healthcare leaders,” said John L. Hennessy, President, Stanford University. “It would not be possible without the collective efforts of many people — our local government, our generous donors, members of the Stanford family and our surrounding communities.”

Construction of the new hospital is part of the $5 billion Stanford University Medical Center Renewal Project that will bring facilities to current seismic safety standards and support the growth of the overall medical center. The renewal project has already renovated the Hoover Pavilion into a one-stop location for innovative primary care services, and is expanding Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Numerous School of Medicine laboratories will also be replaced under the project.

“With the renovation, Stanford Medicine will be able to provide its preeminent care in a preeminent facility,” said Lloyd Minor, MD, Dean, Stanford University School of Medicine. “But more than that, the renovation will allow us to transform patient care and the patient experience as we implement new models of integrated care built around the needs of our patients.”

Construction of the new Stanford Hospital is being funded through a combination of hospital funds, private donations, and the support of leading Silicon Valley companies. Fundraising for the project is ongoing, through the Campaign for Stanford Medicine.

“With a goal to transform health and well-being both locally and globally, the new Stanford Hospital will help usher in a new era of healthcare,” said Mariann Byerwalter, Chair, Board of Directors, Stanford Hospital & Clinics. “We are celebrating this groundbreaking today thanks to the foresight and planning of University and Hospital leadership, as well as the incredible generosity of our corporate and individual donors.”

About Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Stanford Hospital & Clinics, located in Palo Alto, California with multiple facilities throughout the region, is internationally renowned for leading edge and coordinated care in cancer, neurosciences, cardiovascular medicine, surgery, organ transplant, medicine specialties and primary care. Throughout its history, Stanford has been at the forefront of discovery and innovation, as researchers and clinicians work together to improve health, alleviate suffering, and translate medical breakthroughs into better ways to deliver patient care. Stanford Hospital & Clinics: Healing humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time. For more information, visit: StanfordHospital.org

About the Stanford University Medical Center Renewal Project
The Stanford University Medical Center Renewal Project will rebuild and modernize facilities that are the foundation of our community’s healthcare services. This includes rebuilding Stanford Hospital & Clinics and the Emergency Department; expanding Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital; replacing School of Medicine laboratories; and renovating Hoover Pavilion, the original Palo Alto Hospital. For more information, visit: SUMCRenewal.org