Short Stay Unit: Information for Referring Physicians

If you are a physician with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford admitting privileges, you may utilize the Short Stay Unit.


The Short Stay Unit has:

  • Six shared double rooms
  • Two private rooms, one of which has negative pressure for isolation
  • A procedure room that can be used for blood draws and prep work


Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford admission criteria apply to the Short Stay Unit. In addition, electronic orders are required prior to admission day, and all pre-scheduled appointments require preauthorization sent from your office to the Short Stay Unit receptionist. Please see below for more information.

Physician Coverage

The responsible physician must be identified at initiation of treatment or therapy and be available onsite, by pager, or by telephone for consultation (or arrange for coverage by a hospitalist).

Short Stay Unit Scheduling/Pre-Cert Form

This form is for all services who wish to schedule any infusions, central line blood draws, inhaled medications, or procedure recovery time in the Short Stay Unit. Please note that Observation Status Patients go through Patient Placement.
To schedule:

  1. Download the form (Short Stay Scheduling Form in PDF or Short Stay Scheduling Form in MS Word)
  2. Fill out the form completely
  3. Fax the form to both the Short Stay Unit (650) 497-8769 and Precertification Office (650) 497-8968

If you have questions on how to fill out the form, please contact the Short Stay Unit scheduler at (650) 725-1069.