LPCH History

In June 1991, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital opened its doors after receiving a $40 million dollar donation from David and Lucile Packard. Although Packard reportedly didn’t wish for the hospital to be named after her, she agreed to it shortly before her death in 1987.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is rated as the #10 best children's hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, which is notable because it is also the youngest hospital on the list having been founded in 1991. It is the only hospital in the Bay Area – and one of the few in the country – to combine pediatric, obstetric, and newborn services under one roof.

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Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is expanding to accommodate the growing needs for those seeking the hospital’s advanced care and research. The expansion, which will include a new main building, adds 521,000 square feet to the 300,000-square-foot existing hospital.

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Scheduled to open in 2017, the new facility will optimize the hospital’s services and infrastructure, adding more beds, private rooms, state-of-the-art operating suites, family-friendly amenities and the flexible floor space the hospital needs to adapt to new technologies and streamline services.

The hospital broke ground on its expansion in September 2012, and the project remains on schedule. The expanded space will house 149 new patient beds and make Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford the most technologically advanced children’s hospital in the United States.