After 10 years of planning, design and construction, the new Stanford Hospital will officially open its doors to patients in late November. On Sept. 14 and 15, local residents will be able to get a sneak peek inside the new hospital as part of Community Days, a two-day open house featuring tours of the 824,000-square-foot facility and a health- and wellness-inspired street fair.
“We are thrilled that our vision of expanding our world-class academic medical center has come to fruition,” said David Entwistle, president and CEO of Stanford Health Care. “The new Stanford Hospital is first and foremost our community’s hospital. Community Days is an opportunity to share it with our local community first, before opening the doors to our first patients later this fall.”
During the September event, Stanford docents will lead visitors on 50-minute tours of the new facility, from the trauma bay to the hybrid operating rooms to imaging suites, patient rooms and gardens. Tour highlights include an up-close look at the inner workings of the new hospital — the base isolators that protect it from a major earthquake, the robots that deliver supplies throughout the hospital, the technology-rich patient rooms and operating suites, the 400 pieces of original art and the rooftop gardens. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about the building’s design and construction and the advanced patient care technologies inside.
“Community Days will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the general public to go behind the scenes of the new hospital before it opens,” said Maggie Pringle Grauer, chair of the Stanford
Medicine Community Council. Her team is working with the Stanford Medicine Community Council to plan activities and a health-themes street fair for an expected 3,000 people each day. “We are creating an experiential tour that will give visitors a firsthand look at the delivery of modern medicine.”
Countdown to Completion
Here’s a look at some of the work that’s been going on inside the new Stanford Hospital over the past few months.
- The Stanford shield and Stanford Hospital name are now prominently displayed on the atrium wall of the new Stanford Hospital. The atrium’s terrazzo flooring, limestone walls, wood ceiling and information desk were installed earlier this year.
- Furniture installation began in early 2019 with office and conference room furnishings. Most recently, installers have placed sleeper sofas in all of the 368 patient rooms on levels 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Additional seating, lounge and waiting room furniture will be installed later this spring.
- The first commissioned art piece was installed on the garden floor. Weighing in at almost 1,000 pounds, Ned Kahn’s Air Cube was hoisted onto the third floor roof by crane and bolted into place. The remaining 400 pieces of original art are being installed this spring and early summer.
- An estimated 620 pieces of equipment were recently installed in the new hospital’s patient kitchen, including eight walk-in refrigerators and freezers. Located on the ground level of the new building, the 15,600 square foot kitchen is fully built and readying itself to serve an estimated 1,200 meal trays to 420 patients per day.
- Crews installed 84 pole-mounted exterior LED lights across the four acres of green space, gardens and walking trails surrounding the new hospital. Landscaping of the third-floor rooftop public gardens is complete. Stanford Hospital’s use of drought-tolerant, native California plants watered by a drip irrigation system will result in a 30 percent reduction in water consumption.
The new Stanford Hospital is designed to be a model of environmental sustainability and resource conservation. It is pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Equivalency Certification from the most widely used green building rating system in the world. The hospital has been designed to have a 90 to 95 Energy Star rating, and will use 35 percent less energy than the average hospital and be 25 percent more energy efficient than a hospital designed to meet current standards.