Stanford Hospital to expand north beyond campus

Stanford Hospital & Clinics plans to move some ambulatory care clinics, including orthopedics and sleep, by late 2007 to the site of the former headquarters of Excite@home near Woodside Road and Highway 101 in Redwood City.

Responding to a growing patient base throughout the Peninsula, Stanford Hospital & Clinics has completed a deal that will allow it to move ambulatory care clinics to Redwood City, hospital officials announced Friday.

The new outpatient center, which will be located near Woodside Road and Highway 101 in Redwood City, is scheduled to open its doors in late 2007 and will include services such as orthopedics, sleep, ophthalmology, surgery and imaging

"This new site will give patients additional access to the unique and excellent care that we provide," said Martha Marsh, president and CEO of Stanford Hospital & Clinics. "The population of our area continues to grow and as time passes our communities will have more residents, particularly seniors, who are in need of locally accessible medical services. This center will help to meet that growing need."

As medical technology advances, more patient care can be provided outside the hospital and in doctors's offices or outpatient settings such as this new center. This shift to outpatient care provides relief to the overcrowding currently being experienced in the emergency rooms and hospitals all over the Peninsula.

"In medicine, the trend toward outpatient care is growing and expanding," said Philip A. Pizzo, MD, dean of the School of Medicine. "Our new facility will provide the most up-to-date outpatient care to the patient."

The new complex, built several years ago, includes four office buildings and was originally the headquarters for the Internet company, Excite@home. It has been vacant since that company's bankruptcy in 2001. The project does not require additional development and could bring many new jobs to the area.

"I believe this new state-of-the-art center will be very positive for Redwood City," said Marsh. "It will provide more health-care options for the local community."

"We look forward to working with everyone as responsible neighbors," Marsh added.

The expansion will also alleviate pressures on facilities at the medical center campus in Palo Alto. It will be the first time that the hospital has moved any of its services off campus.

In an article in the San Jose Mercury News on Sunday, James Ensign, a health-care consultant with New Century Health Care in San Francisco, was quoted as saying that the move "makes sense."

Ensign pointed out that the new center would be "closer to the population base" and thus more convenient for many. "It will better serve the community," Ensign said.