Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

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Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
Stanford Medicine
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LocationPalo Alto, California, United States
Coordinates37°26′10″N 122°10′30″W / 37.43611°N 122.17500°W / 37.43611; -122.17500Coordinates: 37°26′10″N 122°10′30″W / 37.43611°N 122.17500°W / 37.43611; -122.17500
Affiliated universityStanford University
ListsHospitals in California
Other linksLucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, Stanford University Medical Center

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford (LPCH) is a children's hospital which is part of the Stanford University system. It is located adjacent to the campus at 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto, California. It was founded in 1991. It is staffed by over 650 physicians and 4,750 staff and volunteers.[1] It specializes in the care of babies, children, adolescents, and expectant mothers.[2] Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is a Level 1 regional pediatric trauma center.[3] In November 2018, Paul King was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). King succeeds Christopher Dawes, who retired from the position in August 2018.


Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford was founded in 1991 after a $40 million donation in 1986 from David and Lucile Packard, and since then LPCH has become one of the nation's most prominent children's hospitals.[4] In 1996 LPCH merged with the Stanford University Medical Center, and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health was established as an independent public charity to ensure a continued source of dedicated funding and support for the health and well being of children.

A Vox Media article in 2017 singled the hospital out for having among the least transparent billing practices in the United States after it unexpectedly charged a family $23,795.47 excess beyond insurance for a single MRI scan in 2016.[5] The average cost of an MRI scan is $1,119 in the United States and $215 in Australia.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is ranked as a top pediatric hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report with rankings in all 10 clinical specialty areas. [6]
  • LPCH wins the national award for Excellence in Pediatric Patient Care from the Child Health Corporation of America for outstanding rapid response performance.[7]


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

LPCH has established six clinical Centers of Excellence which include Brain and Behavior, Cancer and Blood Diseases, Children’s Heart Center, Cystic Fibrosis and Pulmonary Diseases, Pregnancy and Newborn Services, Transplant and Tissue Engineering Program.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital also hosts one of the centers for the study and treatment of Marfan syndrome in the USA. The hospital hosts the most extensive program for Marfan-related thoracic aneurysm in California and one of the largest in the country.

Modernization and expansion[edit]

On December 9, 2017, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford opened a new 521,000 square-foot building Main building and 3.5 acres of surrounding gardens and green space. The new building more than doubled the size of the existing pediatric and obstetric hospital campus, adding 149 patient beds for a total of 361 on the Palo Alto campus. Within the original building, now called the West building, design plans are underway for renovating the existing Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services to create a dedicated mother and baby center.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford’s Main building is LEED Platinum certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It was the second children’s hospital in the world to earn LEED Platinum status, the highest designation for sustainability awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  2. ^ "Clinical Specialties and Services". Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  3. ^ "Trauma Center - Stanford Children's Health".
  4. ^ "History, Mission and Values". Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  5. ^ Kliff, Sarah. "The problem is the prices". Vox. Vox Media. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
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  7. ^ 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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