New Stanford Hospital

Ten years and $2 billion. But really it is much more than that. I was in the new Emergency Department last night touring and sharing stories from 1991 when we brought on the first eight residents to our fledgling Emergency Medicine Residency program, to 2015 when we became a formal, academic department. Now this, the trifecta of major milestones: the Emergency Department is officially open.

You can read more about the new hospital on Palo Alto Online here, or about the Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine here. Note the new ED is the full length of a football field and includes 66 individual patient rooms, a stark contrast to the current, often-cramped emergency department, according to Stanford Health Care. Eventually, the old hospital’s ER will be used for treating pediatric patients and will feature a television and computer with children’s games and internet access in each exam room.

On Sunday November 17, Stanford Health Care’s CEO David Entwistle escorted the first patient across the enclosed sky bridge from the old hospital at 300 Pasteur Drive to the new one after a ribbon-cutting ceremony and opening remarks. All patients were smoothly transferred to the new 824,000-square-foot hospital in just a few hours.

Eric Weiss, MD