December 6, 2017
The new Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital Stanford opens its doors December 9
Patient move day takes place on a Saturday, when the weekly census is at its lowest. More than 100 pediatric patients will be moved from the existing hospital (now called the West building) across to the new Main building and into new acute patient care units and pediatric and cardiovascular intensive care units.
"Hundreds of staff have prepared for months and months for this day, when this new building becomes part of our working hospital," said Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO of the hospital and Stanford Children's Health.
To run the new building, the hospital hired more than 500 new staff members in positions ranging from nursing to food and housekeeping service roles.
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 are still under construction and are slated to open mid-year 2018.
Within the West building, design plans are currently underway for renovating the existing Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services to create the Bay Area's premier mother and baby center, including a brand-new postpartum unit and a redesign of the neonatal intensive care units. By the end of 2018 all obstetric postpartum beds will be converted into private rooms. While expectant mothers and babies will not be moving into the new Main building, those patients and their families will still have access to the new building's amenities, including the Harvest Café, gardens, Family Resource Center and Sanctuary.
The Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases, which includes an inpatient unit and an outpatient infusion center, will stay in the West building while its future home on the fifth floor of the Main building is under construction. A new space dedicated to the Betty Irene Moore Children's Outpatient Heart Center is also under construction on the Main building's first floor. Both new centers are slated for completion in 2019.
Patients and families who visit the hospital as outpatients will receive instructions from their providers on where to report for appointments after the December 9 opening date.
Anticipating LEED designation
"Sustainability and environmental consciousness are seamlessly woven into the experience of the building ? from energy and water use dashboards and salvaged local redwood to harmonious integration of outdoor nature experiences."
Features include water-efficient landscaping and water collection systems that are expected to save 800,000 gallons of water annually. Innovative ventilation and shading systems will contribute to a 60 percent reduction in thermal energy usage compared to similar hospitals in the region. The project is targeting a LEED Gold designation.
"Reflecting Northern California's commitment to environmental sustainability was an integral part in the new hospital's design," said Dawes.
Cutting the ribbon
"To say this place is extraordinary would be an understatement. The people that work inside these walls saved my daughter's life and made us feel like part of their family," Jennifer Watson said during her address at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "To the doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers, I am so happy that you have a new home in which to continue your amazing work of healing and saving lives."
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