It’s about time… Stanford, for all their well earned praise in medical research and treatment capability, has one seriously crappy hospital. We went there for our first child and it was disappointing, the only thing you really wanted was to get out as quickly as possible. Our second child was born at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City and that is a palace compared to Stanford Hospital. The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is another story altogether, but that’s pretty new compared to the main hospital at 15 years old. Of course, it will be a long time before anyone sees a new hospital at Stanford given the hostility that the Santa Clara County planning department and the City of Palo Alto have to the university’s construction plans whenever they come up. I think Palo Alto would prefer that Stanford raze every building on their massive property minus the Hoover Tower, opting instead for hiking trails open only to PA residents. They would probably like to keep the shopping mall as well given the sales tax revenues it generates.
Stanford wants to rebuild most of its hospital rooms as examples of what industry experts call the new standard for health care: all private rooms, large enough for a comfy couch for family visitors and equipped with technology that will reduce trips down the hall or to the lab. The new approach aims to drastically reduce hospital-born infections.