Stanford Hospital announces unprecedented support from Silicon Valley companies

Corporate Partners Program projected to provide $150 million to build the new Stanford Hospital and create a global model for patient-centered, technologically advanced health care.

Stanford Hospital & Clinics (SHC) announced today that six leading Silicon Valley technology companies have joined together to provide unprecedented philanthropic support for development of the new $2 billion hospital to be built at Stanford Medical Center. 

Apple, eBay, HP, Intel, Intuit and Oracle are founding members of the new Stanford Hospital Corporate Partners Program. Their contributions are projected to provide as much as $150 million over the next 10 years to help build the new hospital and create a global model for patient-centered, technologically advanced health care.  SHC expects to raise $400 million or more in private donations to fund construction of the new facility.

"There is no better time to invest in the future of health care than now, and no better place than here at Stanford, in the heart of Silicon Valley.  By joining with us at this moment, these companies have demonstrated great leadership that reflects their ongoing commitment to improve the quality of life on a global scale," said Stanford University President John Hennessy.

"We are thrilled and deeply grateful to have the extraordinary generosity of Silicon Valley companies that have transformed how people live, communicate and work worldwide," said SHC Board Chair Mariann Byerwalter.  "Our Corporate Partners recognize that Stanford is uniquely positioned to lead in translating the next wave of medical breakthroughs into care that will benefit patients everywhere, and that by investing here, they can impact health worldwide."

Apple, eBay, HP, Intel, Intuit and Oracle will work collaboratively with SHC to develop innovative approaches to patient access, information, education and navigation, in addition to supporting development of the New Stanford Hospital.

 "Stanford has the ability to change the face of health care," said Stanford Hospital President and CEO Amir Dan Rubin, who joined SHC in January. "To be part of a pioneering collaboration with our founding Corporate Partners that can have such a broad impact on humanity is unique and truly inspiring."

The New Stanford Hospital is being designed by the internationally recognized firm of Rafael Viñoly Architects, working in association with Lee, Burkhart, Liu, Inc.  The innovative design utilizes the latest in sustainable technology and anticipates an ever-accelerating pace of medical and technological progress, with flexibility to adapt to future innovations that are unimaginable today.  These technical requirements are carefully balanced with a healing environment responsive to the emotional, social and psychological needs of patients, families, visitors, medical professionals and staff.

The project will increase the Hospital’s capacity to 600 beds, including new and expanded intensive care and emergency services.  The design features a multidisciplinary, interventional platform, in which radiology and surgical services and the Emergency Department will be co-located with state-of-the-art imaging services to enhance care; upper-level residential pavilions with light-filled, single-patient rooms; and a unique, mid-level garden floor.  The garden floor will offer dining, conference, and educational facilities, as well as social and spiritual support spaces, in a seamless indoor/outdoor environment highlighting Stanford’s natural setting and offering expansive views to the foothills and the bay.

The New Stanford Hospital will be located adjacent to the current inpatient facility and will be connected by bridges and tunnels to create an integrated facility.  Portions of the Medical Center  that were built in the Eisenhower era will no longer contain patient rooms and eventually  will be demolished to make way for new outpatient clinics and related support services once the new hospital is completed. 

Stanford Hospital was the site of the first U.S. heart transplant; development of the balloon-tipped catheter now used in more than 300,000 angioplasty procedures annually; the first successful heart/lung transplant; the invention of the technologically advanced Cyberknife to treat brain, liver, lung, pancreas and spinal tumors that previously were considered untreatable; and numerous other "firsts" that have saved lives and alleviated suffering for millions.

In addition to offering advanced care that draws patients from northern California and around the world, SHC is the only Level 1 trauma center between San Francisco and San Jose. Its specialized emergency services may increase a seriously injured patient’s chances of survival by as much as 20 percent or make the difference between lifelong disability and full recovery.

Planning for the New Stanford Hospital has been underway for five years, when the need to meet State of California seismic safety requirements served as the catalyst for developing a transformative vision.  Construction of the new inpatient facility is expected to take six years and will be preceded by utilities upgrades and related work that could begin in 2011, provided that the project receives required approvals from the City of Palo Alto. 

The new inpatient facility will retain the close proximity of Stanford Hospital to the Stanford School of Medicine, where discoveries ranging from gene splicing to the first report of the successful use of monoclonal antibodies to treat cancer emerged. In September 2010, the School of Medicine opened the new  Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, a transformative environment for medical education, followed by the October 2010 opening of the new Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building, the largest dedicated stem cell research building in the country, if not the world.