‘Topping-off’ ceremony marks milestone in the construction of the new Stanford Hospital

While more than 400 physicians, staff, donors, community members, elected officials and volunteers looked on, a two-ton steel beam was hoisted into place on the new Stanford Hospital last week. They were joined by more than 75 iron workers who looked on from a vantage point on the second floor of the building’s steel framework—the tradesmen who have been working on the project for almost two years.

The topping-off event marked a major milestone for Stanford Health Care, marking the symbolic completion of the structural phase of the building, which remains on schedule to receive its first patients in early 2018.

The 30-foot steel beam had been painted white and placed by the front entrance of the current hospital a few weeks earlier, and more than 2,000 patients, visitors, hospital staff and construction crew workers signed their names and shared their sentiments. A flag and small pine tree were attached to the bar before the ceremony.

“This building represents a whole new approach to health care, not just in design but in the patient experience,” said Amir Dan Rubin, president and CEO of Stanford Health Care. “It will become a beacon of hope that will connect, treat, care and heal.”

The new 824,000-square-foot adult hospital will increase patient capacity, add 368 private rooms and modernize services in one of the most seismically safe hospitals in the country. The new hospital will feature an enlarged Level I trauma center and an emergency department more than twice the size of the current one. Its groundbreaking was held on May 1, 2013.