The new Stanford Hospital has officially opened its doors, transporting around 200 patients across the skybridge that connects the already existing hospital. More than 1,600 staff and faculty members were involved in the transition that took place Nov. 17.
“In a period of roughly 3 ½ hours, a team of more than 1,600 Stanford Health Care employees moved hundreds of adult patients from the existing hospital to the new Stanford Hospital. On average, one patient was moved into the new hospital every three to four minutes,” said Helen Wilmot, vice president of facilities services and planning. “This is an incredible logistical feat that required months of planning.”
The opening of the new 824,000-square-foot, seven-story medical building took a culmination of more than a decade of planning and construction. The building features 368 private patient rooms and 28 state-of-the-art operating rooms along with an emergency department more than twice the size of the existing one. Additionally, the new hospital is the only level 1 trauma center between San Francisco and San Jose.
“We’ve been looking forward to opening the doors to our new hospital, and I’m proud to share this stunning new facility with our patients,” said David Entwistle, Stanford Health Care president and CEO. “I am also grateful to our incredible employees who went above and beyond to make this a seamless transition for our patients.”
“Welcoming the first patients to the new Stanford Hospital marks a major milestone in our precision health vision,” said Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine. “In this world-class healthcare facility, we will not only treat disease, we will predict, prevent and cure it — precisely. After a decade of planning and construction, I’m excited that the new hospital is open and ready to advance the health and wellness of our surrounding communities and people around the world.”
The existing hospital at 300 Pasteur Drive will remain in operation and will be renovated and converted to contain all private rooms, creating a cohesive, campus-like experience for all Stanford Health Care patients.
For more information, visit the new hospital’s website.