As the new Stanford Hospital teams vacate the offices at 1190 Welch Road, a new crew is moving in. Their charter—to renovate and remodel the existing Stanford Hospital to create a cohesive, campus-like experience for Stanford Health Care patients.
What’s different about this next group’s task is that the hospital will remain open for patient care throughout the renovation.
“We wanted to bring the existing hospital up to the same standard, have it be of comparable fit and finish as the new hospital,” said Carlos Villalva, administrative director of capital initiatives for Stanford Health Care. “We’re trying to make the experience between the two buildings far more integrated, so it’s not a jarring disconnect when you walk from 500 Pasteur to 300 Pasteur.”
The 300P Renewal work actually began six years ago. There were a number of renovations that had to occur at 300P to support the new hospital when it opened. The existing loading dock was expanded to accommodate deliveries for both hospitals, the liquid oxygen tank farm was expanded and a new Security Operations Center was constructed to serve the adult hospitals (SHC) and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH). The clinical lab, which also serves SHC and LPCH hospitals, was renovated and automated. The final phase of the clinical lab will be completed in October 2020. The 300P Renewal team also overhauled the waste dock and waste management systems, and moved the ramp and gas lines on the ground floor to accommodate the underground tunnel connecting both hospitals. Currently under construction is a new collaborative workspace for SHC staff to offset office space lost during renovations. Seismic retrofitting of the remainder of 300P will continue through 2025.
With the groundwork laid, and 500P opening later this fall, renovation of the existing hospital begins in earnest in January 2020 with the D, E and F pods, the ORs and the PACU.
“The next phase is about modernizing the existing hospital so our patients have similar experiences whether in the new or existing buildings. We’re also bringing our older buildings up to current seismic requirements,” said Tom Lavin, director of capital projects, 300P Renewal, Planning Design + Construction. “Our projects are adjacent to patient care areas which adds another layer of complexity to the work that we’re doing. Protecting the safety of our patients, visitors and staff is our highest priority.”
During each phase of renovations, patients will be moved to open pods while the work area is sealed off from the public. Once the D pod is completed in 2021, work will move to the E pod, followed by the F pod. All of the semi-private patient rooms in the existing hospital will be converted to private rooms, with larger bathrooms, space for families and the same technology, entertainment systems, headwalls and finishes as 500P. Two new extensions are being built onto the D and E pods, four floors each, for a total of 57 net new patient rooms. It was necessary to create this extra capacity to replace the rooms in the original 1959 building, which eventually will be demolished after 2030.
Operating suites will also be modernized with the latest-generation of technologies used at 500P. When complete, the interventional platform will include 19 ORs and two new procedure rooms, and an expanded PACU with 72 beds and a waiting/registration area. The Emergency Department will be completely renovated to better serve its pediatric population, incorporating themes from the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Construction of a morgue facility is also part of this third phase of construction.
When complete, 300 Pasteur will primarily provide cancer care for Stanford Health Care. Of its 232 rooms, all but 57 will be dedicated to oncology patients.
“We recognize that oncology patients tend to have longer hospital stays,” said Villalva, who leads the team responsible for the renovation of the existing hospital facility. “We want to reimagine what can we do with the facility to make it much more comfortable for patients and families. We’re looking at ways to make it more like a home.”