On September 6, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Breaks Ground on 521,000 Square Foot Hospital Expansion in Palo Alto

STANFORD, Calif. -- For Immediate Release 8/30/12

  • Expansion features 150 new patient rooms, more healing spaces, latest medical technology and sustainable design practices
  • Design renderings available to media at event, or download along with fly-through animation here 
  • HP’s Meg Whitman, Apple’s Joel Podolny provide remarks on Silicon Valley innovation and support for child health
  • Media lunch/tour of hospital mockups with designers, architects and medical staff available offsite after event


Packard Children’s CEO and President, Christopher G. Dawes, will celebrate groundbreaking and Growing Together with families, donors and community leaders.


Speaker remarks, interview availabilities, ceremonial groundbreaking with:

  • Yiaway Yeh, Mayor of Palo Alto
  • Sam Feldman and Miranda Ashland, grateful patients
  • John A. Sobrato, Founder and Chairman, The Sobrato Organization
  • HP: Meg Whitman, President and CEO
  • Apple: Joel Podolny, VP of Human Resources and Dean of Apple University
  • Herb Schultz, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Additional interview opportunities include design teams, architects, sustainability experts, hospital leadership and medical staff


September 6, 2012
10:00 am - reception
10:30 am - speaker remarks
11:00 am - ceremonial groundbreaking, speaker interviews
12:00 pm - offsite lunch tour of mockups


Quarry Road and Welch Road, Palo Alto, CA
(Packard Children’s Hospital Expansion “Make-Ready” Site)

  • For the event, please park at 730 Welch clinics or in the hospital parking lot at 725 Welch, and then walk to site.
  • Directions to offsite “media lunch tour” of full-scale hospital room mockups at 1135 Hamilton Court in Menlo Park here.


To increase its capacity for care and respond to community need, the Packard Children’s Hospital Expansion is doubling the existing hospital’s size and also adding 150 patient rooms, space for advanced diagnostic and treatment therapies, new patient care units and expanded support services. The growth allows Packard Children’s to continue to offer the most advanced cures, treatments and technologies available, performed by the best teams in pediatric and obstetric medicine within a state-of-the-art facility designed to meet the unique needs of children and families. The expansion incorporates sustainable design practices including on-site water collection, native vegetation, wind turbines, EV charging stations, and comprehensive recycling programs. Learn more by visiting


About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford at its center, is the Bay Area’s largest health care system exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. As a top-ranked children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report, we are a leader in providing world-class, nurturing care and achieving extraordinary outcomes in every pediatric and obstetric specialty. Stanford Children’s Health provides everything from specialty care to general pediatrics and can be accessed through more than 60 locations across Northern California and 100 locations in the U.S. western region. As the pediatric and obstetric teaching hospital for the world-renowned Stanford University School of Medicine, we’re cultivating the next generation of medical professionals and are at the forefront of scientific research to improve children’s health outcomes around the world. We are a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the community through meaningful outreach programs and services and providing necessary medical care to families, regardless of their ability to pay. Discover more at


About the Stanford University Medical Center Renewal Project
The Stanford University Medical Center Renewal Project is rebuilding and modernizing facilities that are the foundation of our community’s healthcare services. This includes rebuilding Stanford Hospital & Clinics and the Emergency Department; expanding Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital; replacing Stanford School of Medicine laboratories; and renovating Hoover Pavilion, the original Palo Alto Hospital. To find out more, visit