Growing up: The expansion of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

December 12, 2012 at 10:37 am


By Lia Steakley, Writer for Stanford School of Medicine’s Communications & Public Affairs Department

This article was adapted from material provided by the Stanford University School of Medicine. Click here to be taken to the original article.

Back in September, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital broke ground on its 512,000-square-foot expansion, which will add 150 patient rooms, more treatment areas and the newest in medical technology. The current issue of Stanford Medicine Newsletter includes a story that lays out the plans for the new addition, which is scheduled to open in December 2016.

As two physicians point out, the new design of the rooms and surgical areas reflects Packard Children’s commitment to providing family-centered, streamlined care:

“The rooms are designed for quiet and rehabilitation,” said Michael Edwards, MD, chief of pediatric neurosurgery. “The goal is to help patients begin the recovery process in an environment created for healing so that they can return home sooner.”

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“Surgery for a child is a scary thing for parents, so anything we can do to minimize the stress is a great thing,” said Anita Honkanen, MD, chief of pediatric anesthesia. “The design allows us to provide seamless care because there are so many efficiencies in how the suites are laid out. The right things are in the right place, which means we will all be able to do our jobs more efficiently and safely.”