Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital, Palo Alto, Calif., and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, Calif., plan to team up on Santa Clara County's first children's hospital, a $100 million facility with up to 100 beds. Groundbreaking could take place as early as 2006, but additional financial studies must be completed before the deal is finalized, officials said. The new facility would be owned and operated by Packard Children's. The CEOs of both hospitals have said in the past that another children's hospital was not needed in the Bay Area because of top-flight facilities in San Francisco and Oakland. Their viewpoint changed because of a number of factors -- including population growth, crowded conditions at Packard and the perception that area pediatric care is fragmented, officials said. A new pediatric center was a top priority of the Silicon Valley Children's Hospital Foundation, which was formed in 1999 to help lobby for a children's hospital in Santa Clara County. -- by Michael Romano
N. Calif. hospitals plan new children's facility
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