As Lucile Packard Children's Hospital celebrates its 25th anniversary Friday, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based medical center is looking to a future where it focuses on primary care as much as specialty conditions.
The hospital, which is independent but affiliated with Stanford Medicine, also is getting ready to open a new state-of-the-art facility adjacent to its current site. The building will add capacity and allow it to expand in key service areas, such as oncology, cardiology, obstetrics and fertility.
Employees who have been with the hospital since 1991 sported pink “I Opened the Doors” t-shirts during events leading up the June 10 anniversary--similar to t-shirts they wore 25 years earlier.
The hospital is celebrating more than 3 million clinic visits, 1,600 solid organ transplants and 110,000 births, said Anne McCune, Packard's chief operating officer.
Packard is looking ahead to completing most of the construction on its new building by the end of this year and admitting patients starting next year.
When the current hospital was opened, it was designed to share departments such as radiology and laboratory with the adult medical center, McCune said. But in the years that followed, operating rooms and imaging were brought under the same roof as the inpatient beds.
Meanwhile, Packard invested heavily in recruiting new faculty members, particularly in the specialty areas of heart disease, cancer, neurology, pulmonary, transplants and obstetrics. Many of those service lines will be brought into the new building. Imaging, for instance, will be connected to operating rooms so scans can be done during surgical procedures.
The children's hospital also is focused on new areas like genomics and personalized medicine as well as reproduction and fertility.