Over a decade in the making, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford opened its new Main building and grounds in December 2017. Designed to transform the patient and family experience, the new 521,000-square-foot building more than doubles the size of the existing pediatric and obstetric hospital campus. The new building adds 149 patient beds for a total of 361 on the Palo Alto campus, enabling the hospital to serve more patients than ever before and allowing it to deploy awaited renovation plans for the existing hospital building.

The project allows Stanford Medicine pediatricians and obstetricians to use the most advanced technologies and treatments in an environment that focuses on family-friendly amenities and services.

The new Imaging Center features some of the most state-of-the-art technology in the hospital, including a PET/MRI that combines two important types of imaging technologies, PET (positron emission tomography) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). This combined modality, the only PET/MRI exclusively dedicated to pediatric patients in Northern California, allows physicians to see how diseases are behaving in the body, monitor the effects of treatment and craft treatment plans to cater to the patient’s needs. This technology also shortens the time of study and significantly decreases the radiation dose delivered to the patient by close to 80 percent. The imaging center is part of a larger Treatment Center that encompasses surgery, radiology, imaging, interventional, catheterization labs and nuclear medicine. The surgical suites and neuro-interventional and catheterization labs opened in July 2018.

The hospital is at the core of the Stanford Children’s Health, the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest and most successful enterprise exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. Stanford Children’s Health is a pediatric and obstetric network that provides world-class care and extraordinary outcomes across the Bay Area, Northern California and the U.S. western region.

Delivering care for virtually all pediatric and obstetric conditions, the hospital collaborates with the Stanford University School of Medicine to streamline the process of bringing new therapies and innovative strategies to patients while caring for emotional needs as well. It is the only children’s hospital in the Bay Area—and one of the few in the country—to combine pediatric, obstetric and newborn services under one roof.

The hospital broke ground on its expansion in September 2012. The expanded space makes Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford the most technologically advanced children’s hospital in the United States.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto, California 94304