“One of the things that’s been amazing is that as people come through, they are saying, ‘Wow.’ I think people feel they’re part of it — that it’s their hospital. That’s what we hoped to accomplish,” David Entwistle, president and CEO of Stanford Health Care, said as he greeted guests in the soaring, light-filled atrium.
The event featured tours of the 824,000-square-foot hospital, which is next to the current hospital on the Stanford campus. It also included a street fair that was particularly popular with children, who stuffed 1,500 teddy bears and dressed them in little hospital T-shirts. Some youngsters had their faces painted, played an oversized game of Operation, took part in a treasure hunt or petted Moogie, a serene black Labrador retriever who provides comfort to hospital patients.
Aidan Sharp, 12, of Menlo Park, said the seven-floor hospital was much bigger than he had expected. “It doesn’t seem like an emergency place. It’s so nice,” said Aidan, who came with his father, Christopher Sharp, MD, clinical professor of medicine at Stanford.
Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine, said the new hospital will help fulfill the vision of Stanford Medicine, which is to predict, prevent and cure disease with precision.
“With access to Stanford School of Medicine’s breakthrough research and facilities, this hospital will set a new global standard, offering patients the most advanced care in a healing environment created to meet the needs of the whole person — socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically,” Minor said.
How Peter was cared for
During the tour, visitors walked down ivory-colored hallways, past hundreds of donated artworks, to follow the path of a fictitious patient, “Peter,” who was injured in a bicycle accident in Napa Valley. He was flown via helicopter to the hospital’s new, rooftop helistop. Caregivers shown on a video narrated Peter’s progress as he was rushed directly to the new emergency department.