John Muir Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Developing Comprehensive Children’s Services in the East Bay

For Release: October 09, 2012

STANFORD, Calif. — John Muir Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford have announced that they are partnering to provide access to comprehensive children’s specialty services for families in Contra Costa County and surrounding communities.

“We are partnering with Packard Children’s in response to requests from families and general pediatricians to enhance and expand the availability of children’s specialty services in our community so families may access and receive the care they need close to home,” said Jane Willemsen, president and CAO of John Muir Health’s Walnut Creek medical center. “This will build on our already strong foundation of pediatric care and enable us to offer the most comprehensive children’s services of any health system locally, services that we would not be able to offer on our own.”

John Muir Health and Packard Children’s began a successful partnership in urology and a growing number of surgical and medical services in 2011. The collaboration will now expand to include outpatient, inpatient, neonatal and emergency care, which will enable children with conditions ranging from basic  to more complex illnesses to see Packard Children’s specialists locally through John Muir Health. Many of the patients with complex cases will be treated through the new 16-bed pediatric complex care unit John Muir Health opened in 2011 in Walnut Creek, which includes private rooms. Additionally, the new facility has a 35-bed state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the only Level III-B NICU in Contra Costa County.

“A partnership of this type provides a tremendous benefit for children and families in the John Muir Health region,” said Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO at Packard Children’s, the only Bay Area children’s hospital with care programs ranked in the nation’s top 10. “Increasing access and convenience to both of our hospitals’ world-class care will have a major impact in the communities John Muir Health serves.” “Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford is a desirable partner due to their clinical excellence and national reputation for providing high-quality care. They are able to recruit and retain sought-after specialists who are in very short supply locally and nationally,” added Willemsen. “For families with children needing specialty care, this partnership can offer more convenience by easing travel burdens and time away from school and work.” Added Dawes, “Packard Children’s has long been committed to successful community partnerships with Bay Area health care providers. We have always known that expanding local access to pediatric specialized care is an important way to serve the needs of the region’s children.”

That region includes patients from throughout Northern California, including Modesto, Stockton and Tracy, who already receive high quality care and exceptional service from John Muir Health and will benefit even further through this new collaboration. “John Muir Health has long provided children’s services to families in Contra Costa County, and this partnership allows us to significantly expand the services available to the community and benefit our patients for years to come,” said Robert Kadas, M.D., chair of the Pediatrics Department at John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. “We will be able to offer a more complete continuum of care for our young patients ranging from routine to complex medical care. At a time when many health systems are reducing their inpatient and outpatient children’s services, we will be expanding our services to help meet the needs of children in our community.”


Robert Dicks

About John Muir Health

John Muir Health is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health care organization located east of San Francisco, serving patients in Contra Costa, eastern Alameda and southern Solano Counties. It includes a network of 925 primary care and specialty physicians, more than 6,000 employees, medical centers in Concord and Walnut Creek, including the county’s only trauma center, and a Behavioral Health Center. The health system also offers a full-range of medical services, including primary care, outpatient, lab and imaging services, and is widely recognized as a leader in many specialties – neurosciences, orthopedics, cancer, cardiovascular, trauma, emergency and high-risk obstetrics care. For more information, visit

About Stanford Medicine Children's Health

Stanford Medicine 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. Our network of care includes more than 65 locations across Northern California and more than 85 locations in the U.S. Western region. Along with Stanford Health Care and the Stanford School of Medicine, we are part of Stanford Medicine, an ecosystem harnessing the potential of biomedicine through collaborative research, education, and clinical care to improve 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