Stanford University Medical Center

Stanford University Medical Center
Location 300 Pasteur Dr.
Stanford, California, USA
Care system Private
Hospital type Academic
Affiliated university Stanford University School of Medicine
Standards Tertiary Care
Emergency department Trauma I
Beds 613
Founded 1959
Other links List of hospitals in the United States

Coordinates: 37°26′02″N 122°10′30″W / 37.434°N 122.175°W / 37.434; -122.175

Stanford University Medical Center is a medical complex which includes Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children's Health.

Stanford Hospital

Stanford Health Care is located at 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford, California. It is consistently ranked as one of the best hospitals in the United States by US News and World Report and serves as the primary teaching hospital for the Stanford University School of Medicine. The facility, located at the north end of the university campus, includes the main hospital building, Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center, Blake Wilbur Building, Boswell Building, Hoover Pavilion, and an outpatient psychiatry facility. The roof of the main building contains a landing facility and Life Flight helicopter.[1]

Stanford Health Care provides both general acute care services and tertiary medical care for patients locally, nationally and internationally. Organ transplantation, cancer diagnosis and treatment, cardiovascular medicine and surgery, and neurosciences are clinical specialties of worldwide renown. Among its many achievements, the first combined heart-lung transplant in the world was successfully completed at Stanford University Medical Center[1] in 1981. The hospital plays a key role in the training of physicians and other medical professionals. It provides a clinical environment for the medical school’s researchers as they study ways to translate new knowledge into effective patient care. Full-time Stanford faculty and community physicians make up the hospital medical staff.


The hospital's history began with the foundation of the Stanford Home for Convalescent Children (the "Con Home") in 1911. When the Stanford Medical School moved south from San Francisco in 1959, the Stanford Hospital was established and was co-owned with the city of Palo Alto; it was then known as Palo Alto-Stanford Hospital Center. It was purchased by the University in 1968 and renamed. The Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine opened in 1989; the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford opened in 1991; the Richard M. Lucas Center for Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging opened in 1992. In 1999, Stanford University approved a $185 million, five-year plan to improve the 40-year-old School of Medicine facility. The Center for Clinical Sciences Research (CCSR) opened in 2000. The Clark Center for interdisciplinary research and bioengineering opened in 2004.

In 2009, the Stanford outpatient clinics, which were running out of expansion room, were relocated to the Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center, a large new site in Redwood City, California formerly occupied by the corporate headquarters of Excite@Home. The buildings were extensively remodeled for medical use to provide facilities the clinics' old homes lacked. For example, the Sleep Disorders Clinic's new sleep lab has thorough soundproofing and can accommodate a few morbidly obese patients. The inpatient facilities remain on the Stanford campus.


The hospital's medical staff numbers 1,910 with an additional 850 interns and residents, as well as nearly 1,500 registered nurses and approximately 610 licensed beds. Stanford Clinics, the group practice of most faculty physicians of Stanford University School of Medicine, includes 493 full-time faculty physicians. Their areas of expertise range from primary care to the most advanced medical and surgical specialties. Stanford Clinics offer more than 100 specialty and subspecialty service areas. Under the supervision of faculty physicians, Stanford medical students and residents participate in patient care in most specialties. The clinics participate in preferred provider health care programs as well as Medicare and MediCal.


Stanford University Medical Center is world-renowned for its work in cardiovascular medicine and surgery, organ transplantation, neurology, neurosurgery, and cancer diagnosis and treatment.[2] It has nearly 40,000 emergency room visits per year and hosts 20,000 inpatients yearly.[2] In 2007, Stanford Hospital was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the 15th-best hospital out of 5,462 medical centers in the United States.[3] As of 2014, Stanford received high rankings in the following specialties:[4]

Specialty Ranking
Otolaryngology – head and neck surgery 9
Cancer 10
Psychiatry 15
Cardiology & Heart surgery 16
Rheumatology 16
Orthopedics 18
Urology 22
Gynecology 23
Nephrology (Kidney) 26
Neurology & Neurosurgery 28
Pulmonology 29
Gastroenterology & GI surgery 29
Geriatrics 47

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

The Lucile Packard Children's Hospital was founded in 1991. It is located at 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto, California, adjacent to the Stanford campus. In 2007 it was ranked as the #10 best children's hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.[5][6]

Specialty Ranking
neonatal pediatrics 5
pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery 5
general pediatrics 10
pediatric cancer 10
pediatric digestive disorders 12
pediatric respiratory disorders 15
pediatric neurology and neurosurgery 18


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  6. Kleinheinz, Todd (2007-08-24). "Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Again Ranked One of Nation's Top Ten Best Children's Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report". Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-10-12.
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