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Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

New Era Of Pediatric Care In Northern California

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford (LPCH) achieves Stanford Children’s Health’s goal to create America’s most technologically advanced, family-friendly, and environmentally sustainable hospital for babies, children, and expectant mothers. The 521,000-square-foot building was designed, planned and built by executive architects and medical planners HGA; design architects Perkins+Will; engineers at Mazzetti; and general contractor DPR Construction. The teams worked closely with patients, families, and hospital faculty and staff to create the one-of-a-kind facility, which is anchored by the core themes of providing a family-centered approach to health care and meeting the highest standards for sustainability.

Through a data-driven planning process involving community open houses, simulations, tours and feedback from physicians, hospital staff and the Packard Children’s Family Advisory Council, HGA created an operationally efficient medical platform that supports superior pediatric care.

For instance, caregivers have direct sightlines from their workstations into patient rooms for quicker response. Co-location of medical services (including merging imaging and surgery platforms in the Treatment Center) result in less travel time for anesthesiologists. Staff circulation routes are separate from patients and their families. Medication alcoves located outside patient rooms decrease the amount of time caregivers need to retrieve medication. Pharmacy spaces are in the same location on every floor, allowing for a shared lift to optimize efficiency.

The hospital emphasizes holistic healing with views of nature, access to the outdoors, and abundant natural light. All patient floors offer outdoor patios that overlook 3½ acres of landscaping and gardens. Private patient rooms provide sleeping accommodations for two family members. Additionally, every patient floor includes a family lounge, child life room, patient-family kitchen, and laundry facilities.

Wayfinding is based on California’s eco-regions, featuring colorful wall art, educational signage, and nature graphics that help patients and families navigate the hospital units while learning about the local environment.

Other amenities include locally grown food served in the Harvest Café, regionally crafted art in common areas, Family Resource Center, and Story Corner where children can read or listen to storytelling.

The hospital, which opened in December 2017, is one of just five new hospitals—and the second children’s hospital—in the world to earn the USGBC’s LEED® Platinum designation. Sustainability innovations include water-efficient landscaping and water collection systems, recycled and reclaimed local materials, and exterior shading system to reduce the need for air conditioning. Water and energy usage is displayed on an electronic dashboard in the lobby and on bedside entertainment systems. LPCH anticipates using 38 percent less water annually (saving nearly 800,000 gallons of water annually) and 60 percent less energy than average Northern California hospitals.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford establishes innovative approaches to children’s health and wellbeing, setting national benchmarks for care, sustainability, and community engagement.


Lucile Packard Children's Hospital nears the end of multiyear expansion

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The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Palo Alto, Calif., aims to be both sustainable and fun­.

The new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Palo Alto, Calif., scheduled to open in December, endeavors to pay tribute to the facility it expands upon, while incorporating modern medicine in a highly sustainable building.

Designers also took great measures to make being in the hospital as enjoyable as possible for staff and building. 

The 521,000-square-foot facility almost triples the size of the existing children’s hospital building next door and seamlessly reinterprets its terra cotta palette and use of stone from a Stanford-owned limestone quarry for construction, says Robin Guenther, principal, Perkins+Will, which designed the facility with architecture and engineering firm HGA.

The new hospital represents about 10 years of planning that involved input from the health care system’s clinical staff along with architects, construction manager DPR Construction of Redwood City, Calif., families and even kids. 

The goal was to set the standard for children’s hospitals, says Dennis P. Lund, M.D., chief medical officer, Stanford Children’s Health. “As this project was being planned, our goal was to make it the most technologically advanced children’s hospital in the world,” Lund says.

It has six new surgical suites, including a neuro-hybrid operating suite with direct access to 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which offers highly advanced clarity. Other technology includes a hybrid cardiac operating room (OR) suite and a combination MRI/OR/interventional radiology suite. A room also was built to provide sensitive I-31 metaiodobenzylguanidine, or MIBG, radiation therapy for children with high-risk cancer, putting the hospital among an elite group to offer the treatment.

While advanced medical technology and clinical care are the hospital’s primary engines, it has been designed to be a sustainability powerhouse, too.

“We really looked at a way to innovate this building above and beyond anything that had been done in the state of California up to this time. Hospital and board leadership wanted to be on the leading edge of innovation,” Guenther says.

Underground cisterns were built to store rain water and mechanical system condensate for irrigation of the 3.5 acres of outdoor gardens and additional planters located on nursing unit patios for staff, patients and families.

Combined with water-efficient landscaping, the hospital projects savings of 800,000 gallons a year, which along with low-flow plumbing fixtures, equates to 38 percent less water used compared with a similarly sized hospital.

Proximity to a high-efficiency central plant recently built for the Stanford University campus will help to reduce thermal energy consumption by about 60 percent compared with similarly sized hospitals in the region, according to Stanford Children’s Health.

Exterior solar shading combined with a displacement ventilation system that pumps cool air into the exclusively private patient rooms at floor level will reduce fan usage and save additional energy, Guenther says.  

And then there’s the fun stuff that can be found around nearly every corner of the hospital starting with bronze sculptures of native animals that greet patients and visitors at the entrance. 

A nod to the various local eco-regions is extended on every floor through art renderings and informational walls. The public elevator bank is clad with reclaimed old-growth redwood.

Near the lobby, an interactive video display about 20 feet long and 10 feet high responds to every move a child makes with images of fish swimming, rain falling and much more. 

The story corner, which includes space where special visitors such as athletes and entertainers can be recorded and shown on TVs in children’s rooms, is another highlight, Guenther says. Next to it is a broadcast studio where interviews by and with children can be conducted.

It’s all a part of offering the best experience possible, Lund says. “A children’s hospital is very different from an adult hospital. Children need to heal, play and learn. Those are the three jobs that children have,” he adds.

At Lucile Packard Children’s, it’s mission accomplished.

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Find a Doctor – Ability to look up all the doctors in our network by geo location and zipcode w/ contact capability and user-friendly search w/list view and map view. The app lists by all our locations including the Network locations, with Google map integration. Location detail page is integrated into “Find a Doctor”. Users can view services provided at each location, and directions with Google maps

•Doctor Profile – Summary of Doctor profile (from School of Medicine’s CAP profile system) including Doctor’s all available locations, specialties, services provided, conditions treated, board certifications and publications.

MyChart – Stanford Children's patients and families can manage their MyChart health account and securely access test results, mail their doctors and health information.

Call For Appointment – Easy access to clinics and services with ability to call for appointment with integrated calling number capability

Pay Your Bill - The Online Billing Manager makes your billing and payment process simple and convenient. You can make a payment on a bill without logging into MyChart or having a MyChart account.

Navigate The Hospital – Dynamic 3 dimensional way finding and navigation inside the hospital with access to maps and locations on each floor.

Attend a Class – Comprehensive classes and online video libraries to enhance the lives of parents, children and caregivers

Hospital Art – Promoting patient engagement with
Incrediball - A journey through Stanford,
Cafe Mural -Iconic photo-montage of Stanford imagery and
Eco Mural Animals from various ecosystems throughout California

SpellBound Interactive Mural - This app provides a real life/augmented reality experience of the eco system animals when viewed through the Eco mural located at the main hospital

COVID Vaccine Appointment - Schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments for individuals who are aged 12-17.

COVID Education - The health and safety of all our community is important to us. This has information to help everyone understand more about COVID-19 and how to stay safe.

Grubhub On-site Food Ordering & Pick-Up – Use Grubhub App you can order food at Harvest Cafe located at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Learn More – Learn more about StanfordChildren’s. org

Our Blog – Promotes Patient and Family engagement. We are improving lives every day. Read our stories and ideas for making yours a healthier, happy life.

Patient Health Education – Comprehensive Information on Children’s Health Conditions

Other functionality available within the home app -
• Personalize - Settings in the app menu allows the user to customize the apps according to their needs and preferences. The custom settings will enable our users to select only the “Stanford Children’s” apps they need and remove the ones that are not needed as well as re-ordering the apps
• App Information - shows the user which version of our App they are using, and view our terms of use and privacy policy
• Push Notifications and Geo Fence Capability – this feature enables custom notifications sent to patients and families, reminders from MyChart etc. including greeting when they arrive at a hospital or a clinic based on the geo location. Our mobile app will detect and send messages when you arrive at Packard Hospital.

Integration with HealthKit allows Stanford Children’s MyChart for iOS to collect data, such as daily steps walked, calorie intake, blood pressure, or blood glucose, from “Health” app and incorporate it into a patient's medical record, providing a more complete picture of the patient's health. When a clinician orders a flow sheet to collect the information they want to receive, the patient can authorize the Health app to share the data with MyChart. Shared data can come from any HealthKit-enabled app and moves automatically from the app to Health and then into MyChart where it is sent back to the clinician.

• User experience enhancement(s) within the app
• Survey feedback implemented for wayfinding app experience
• Bug fixes and improvements based on user feedback.

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Really Useful App

I found this app is quite useful and informational. The “find A Doctor “ feature helps me find doctors and then call for an appointment quickly and easily from my phone. The ‘Navigate the hospital “ feature shows maps of the hospital and provides directions from one location to another. My kids like ‘the hospital art’ and ‘SpellBound’. It has quite a lot of other information as well.

Share medical information

This has some very useful items and it keeps improving. Besides finding your way around and learning more about the artwork you can also access your child’s health information through my chart. Through the my chart section you can share health information—if you go for a second opinion or are away from home.

Great app

I really enjoy using the Stanford Children’s Health Mobile app. It’s a complete one stop to find all the relevant information. Really liked the recent changes made to “Navigate the Hospital” which provides turn by turn directions to navigate from point A to point B. User interface is very friendly and easy to use

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About the Foundation

Our Mission

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health works in alignment with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and the child health programs of Stanford University.

Our mission is to elevate the priority of children's health, and increase the quality and accessibility of children's health care through leadership and direct investment.

Our Vision

The vision of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health is that all children in the communities we serve are able to reach their maximum health potential.

Our Guiding Principles

Our work is guided by four core beliefs:

  • All children are society's responsibility, and their health should be a primary consideration in all economic, social, political, and personal decisions
  • Children's health includes their physical, mental and social well being
  • Children should have access to high-quality, culturally competent, family centered health care when and where they need it, provided through a delivery system that recognizes their unique physical and developmental needs
  • Society should continuously invest in research and innovation to improve the health and development of children

Our Programs

Fundraising for Packard Hospital and Stanford School of Medicine

The Foundation is the sole fundraising entity for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and the child health programs at Stanford University School of Medicine. Philanthropy supports clinical care, research, and education to improve the health of children and expectant mothers, locally and worldwide. To learn more, please visit

Improving Systems of Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs

The Foundation invests in efforts that promote better systems of care, for children with special health care needs. Improving health care for children with special needs will enhance the quality of care for all children.

Our Governance

The Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity that is governed by a board of directors. Although we are independent from Packard Children's Hospital and the Stanford School of Medicine, all philanthropic dollars raised by the Foundation are directed to those entities. Our financial information and governance policies are published on our website, and we provide an annual online Report to the Community.

Our History

The Foundation is named for Lucile Salter Packard (1914-1987), in honor of her lifelong commitment to the well being of children. Mrs. Packard and her husband, David (1912-1996), cofounder of Hewlett-Packard, were the driving forces behind the development of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, from which the foundation evolved. The Hospital, which opened in 1991, merged with Stanford University Medical Center in 1996, and the Foundation was established as an independent public charity to ensure a continued source of dedicated funding and support for the health and well being of children.

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This article is about Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. For other similarly named hospitals, see Children's Hospital (disambiguation).

Hospital in California, United States

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford (LPCH) is a nationally ranked women's and children's hospital which is part of the Stanford University Health system. The hospital is located adjacent to the campus at 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto, California. It was founded in 1991 and is staffed by over 650 physicians with 4,750 staff and volunteers.[1] The hospital specializes in the care of infants, children, teens, young adults aged 0–21,[2][3] but sometimes treats older adults[4] and expectant mothers.[5] Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is an ACS verified Level 1 regional pediatric trauma center, 1 of 7 in the state.[6][7]

In November 2018, Paul King was appointed president and chief executive officer.[8][9][10] King succeeds Christopher Dawes, who retired from the position in August 2018.[11]


Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford was founded in 1991 after a $40 million donation in 1986 from David and Lucile Packard, and since then LPCH has become one of the nation's most prominent children's hospitals.[12] In 1996 LPCH merged with the Stanford University Medical Center, and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health was established as an independent public charity to ensure a continued source of dedicated funding and support for the health and well-being of children.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital also hosts one of the centers for the study and treatment of Marfan syndrome in the USA. The hospital hosts the most extensive program for Marfan-related thoracicaneurysm in California and one of the largest in the country.

Modernization and expansion[edit]

On December 9, 2017, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford opened a new 521,000 square-foot building Main building and 3.5 acres of surrounding gardens and green space. The new building more than doubled the size of the existing pediatric and obstetric hospital campus, adding 149 patient beds for a total of 361 on the Palo Alto campus.[13] Within the original building, now called the West building, design plans are underway for renovating the existing Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services to create a dedicated mother and baby center.[14]

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford's Main building is LEED Platinum certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It was the second children's hospital in the world to earn LEED Platinum status, the highest designation for sustainability awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.[15]

In November, 2019 neighboring Stanford Hospital expanded and moved their adult emergency department and trauma center to a new building. The move enabled LPCH to expand their pediatric emergency department.[16][17]


Patient Care Units[edit]

The hospital has multiple patient care units for patients of all ages.[18]

  • 36-bed Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) - Cares for infants-adults with congenital or acquired heart disease.
  • 36-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) - Critically ill pediatric patients aged 0–21.
  • 40-bed Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) - Critically ill neonatal patients.
  • 34-bed Level 2 Intermediate Care Nursery - Newborn general care.
  • 27-bed Hematology and Oncology Unit - Cares for pediatric cancer, blood, and stem cell transplant patients.
  • 26-bed Patient Care Unit 200 - Cares for infants-adults not ill enough for the CVICU.
  • 26-bed Patient Care Unit 300 - Acute care pediatric unit.
  • 25-bed Patient Care Unit 400 - Acute care pediatric unit.
  • 101-bed General Pediatrics

Adult programs[edit]

In addition to their pediatric specialties, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital serves adults through a couple of their nationally recognized programs.[19] LPCH has one of the largest adult congenital heart disease programs in the U.S.[4][20] and also houses Stanford's maternity and labor and delivery units, providing gynecological and maternity care for women of all ages.[21]

Ronald McDonald House[edit]

Right down the road from LPCH is the Ronald McDonald House of the Bay Area (RMDH). The RMDH at Stanford dates back to 1979 when the original house opened. In 2016 an expansion doubling the size was completed.[22] The capacity went from 67 families a night to 123 families per night, added 50,000 square-feet, and cost $40.5 million.[23] The house is the largest RMDH in the world and was designed by top interior designers from around the Bay Area.[24][25] The house serves patients and families of infants, children, teens, and young adults age 0-21.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is ranked as a top pediatric hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report with rankings in all 10 clinical specialty areas.[26]

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford achieved Magnet recognition in 2019, the highest honor for nursing excellence. Just 8 percent of U.S. health care organizations out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition.[27]

For the fifth straight year, Stanford Children's Health and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford earned 2019 CHIME HealthCare's Most Wired recognition as a certified level 9 from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).[28]

LPCH wins the national award for Excellence in Pediatric Patient Care from the Child Health Corporation of America for outstanding rapid response performance.[29]

In 2019 The National Organisation For Arts In Health awarded the new LPCH building its Hamilton Award for Recognition in the Arts Transforming Environments category, awarded for demonstrating the positive impact of artwork in a healthcare environment.

As of 2021 Lucile Packard Children's Hospital has placed nationally in all 10 ranked pediatric specialties on U.S. News & World Report, and placed 10 on the national honor roll list.[30]

Specialty Rank (In the U.S.) Score (Out of 100)
Neonatology #3 94.7
Pediatric Cancer #16 82.6
Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery #21 79.5
Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology #9 82.1
Pediatric Gastroenterology & GI Surgery #14 85.6
Pediatric Nephrology #4 92.5
Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery #8 88.7
Pediatric Orthopedics #30 69.2
Pediatric Pulmonology & Lung Surgery #6 92.1
Pediatric Urology #24 68.4

See also[edit]


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  2. ^"Stanford Children's Health: Pediatrics". Retrieved 2020-03-24.
  3. ^"After Hours Services When Vaden Is Closed | Vaden Health Services". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  4. ^ ab"Why is a 61-year-old man receiving heart surgery at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford? - Stanford Children's Health". Retrieved 2020-03-24.
  5. ^"Expectant Mothers - Stanford Children's Health". Retrieved 2020-03-24.
  6. ^"Stanford Health Care/Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Trauma Center". American College of Surgeons. Retrieved 2020-03-24.
  7. ^"Trauma Center - Stanford Children's Health".
  8. ^Health, Stanford Children’s. "Stanford Children's Health names Paul King President and CEO". Retrieved 2020-03-24.
  9. ^gdiesing. "Paul King named CEO of Stanford Children's Health | AHA News". American Hospital Association | AHA News. Retrieved 2020-03-24.
  10. ^HealthLeaders. "Stanford Children's Health Names New CEO". Retrieved 2020-03-24.
  11. ^Norman, Hannah (13 September 2019). "How this CEO is charting a course forward for Stanford Children's Health". Retrieved 2020-03-24.
  12. ^"History, Mission and Values". Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  13. ^Fusek, Maggie (2017-12-14). "PHOTOS: New Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Opens". Palo Alto, CA Patch. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  14. ^"New hospital now open - Stanford Children's Health". Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  15. ^"Lucile Packard Children's Hospital | U.S. Green Building Council".
  16. ^"Stanford Health Care Officially Opens Doors to New Stanford Hospital". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  17. ^"Ratcliff - Architecture, Planning, Design in San Francisco Bay Area | Stanford Health Care Pediatric Emergency Department Expansion". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  18. ^"Nursing Units at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford - Stanford Children's Health". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  19. ^"Stanford Adult Congenital Heart Program | ISACHD". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  20. ^"Adult Congenital Heart Disease - Stanford Children's Health". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  21. ^"Obstetric Care - Stanford Children's Health". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  22. ^Dremann, Sue. "A rare look inside Ronald McDonald House". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  23. ^KGO (31 March 2017). "Ronald McDonald House at Stanford soon to be largest in world". ABC7 San Francisco. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  24. ^SEIPEL, TRACY (2016-05-10). "Ronald McDonald House at Stanford opens new facility to serve more families in need". The Mercury News. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  25. ^"Where Hope has a Home: SFDC & Ronald McDonald House at Stanford". San Francisco Design Center. 2019-07-03. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
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  27. ^"Magnet Recognition Program® | ANCC". ANA. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  28. ^"CHiME HealthCare's Most Wired 2019 Recognized Organizations"(PDF). CHiME Central. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  29. ^Kleinheinz, Todd (2007-08-24). "Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Again Ranked One of Nation's Top Ten Best Children's Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report". Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  30. ^Harder, Ben (16 June 2020). "The Honor Roll of U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals 2020-21". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  31. ^"Best Children's Hospitals: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford". U.S. News & World Report. 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2020.

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