Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Plans Major Expansion of Its World-Renowned Heart Center

* Number of inpatient Heart Center beds will increase by 80%

* More kids and selected adults with complex heart problems will be
able to access the care they need

* Largest, most experienced pediatric heart surgery program on the
West Coast performs over 600 surgeries a year, and plans for more
capacity through expansion

STANFORD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–It’s a very exciting time for Lucile
Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
and Stanford Children’s Health.

This month marks a two-year countdown to the opening of the hospital’s $1.1
billion, 521,000 square foot expansion
. Almost doubling the size of
the current hospital and adding 149 patient beds, the expansion and new
main building will increase access to America’s most advanced and
family-friendly hospital for children and expectant mothers.

The September, 2017 opening will ensure that families who need
high-quality care aren’t turned away due to lack of space. It will also
provide a launching pad for expanding and renovating the current
hospital next door. This will include creating room to grow the
nationally-ranked Pediatric
Heart Center
, which due to demand will premiere a new and larger
space in 2018.

“This is excellent news for patients and their families,” said Stephen
Roth, MD, MPH
, director of the Heart Center with famed pediatric
cardiothoracic surgeon and Heart Center executive director, Frank
Hanley, MD
. “Expanding our Heart Center means that even more
children with complex heart problems, as well as growing numbers of
adult survivors of congenital heart disease, will have access to one of
America’s most advanced programs. Many of these children and adult
survivors have run out of options elsewhere.”

In a new Q&A, Roth talks about the growth and
the expansion of the Heart Center.

Why is the Heart Center growing?

“It’s a very simple answer,” said Roth, who is also a professor of
pediatric cardiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
“There’s an increasing demand for our highly
specialized services
and the many
different congenital and acquired heart conditions
we treat. We have
a well-deserved reputation for expert teamwork, advanced tools and
technology, and one of the most highly qualified and experienced
physician and care teams anywhere.

“And we’re not the only ones around here who are growing due to
increased demand. Just down the street, Ronald
McDonald House at Stanford
will open an expansion in 2016 that
increases its capacity to more than 100 rooms. This will make it one of
the largest Ronald McDonald Houses in the world, and it’s where many of
our Heart Center families find a supportive community and
home-away-from-home while their child receives treatment.”

How large is the 2018 Heart Center expansion?

“We’re adding seven Outpatient Heart Center clinic rooms, making a total
of 12, and creating and equipping 22 new inpatient beds. Together, this
takes us from our current 20 to 36 beds in the Cardiovascular Intensive
Care Unit, and 20 to 26 beds in our cardiology ward. There will also be
six new operating suites in the hospital expansion, so the new total
will be 13 when added to our existing number of seven. This means more
access for lifesaving heart surgeries and transplants. We are also
creating a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab and expanding
our advanced imaging capabilities.”

What about staffing?

“Building our bigger team is already under way, and it includes a
nationwide recruitment of the most highly skilled cardiologists,
surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other staff. They will join more
than 250 professionals who currently work in the Heart Center.

“We’re very lucky that so many people want to be a part of what we do,”
Roth added. “Each person on our Heart Center team knows that they are
playing a critical role in helping to advance the field of pediatric
cardiology, and they are proud of Stanford Medicine’s reputation for

What makes the Heart Center so successful?

“A combination of research, innovation, and outstanding care and
outcomes,” Roth said. “We’re currently taking part in more than 20
clinical research trials. And when it comes to innovation, Stanford has
long been a world leader. America’s first successful adult heart
transplant was performed by Dr. Norman Shumway at Stanford in 1968, and
we’ve been building on that achievement ever since. Now, 47 years later,
we are able to save children’s lives in ways that we did not imagine
were possible in those early days of discovery.

“For instance, Dr. Hanley has perfected a cardiac operation termed unifocalization.
This is often a marathon surgery our Heart Center surgical team offers
that creates or rebuilds the blood vessels in the lungs of children with
certain types of complex heart defects. Other surgeons choose to instead
perform multiple operations over months or years that do not adequately
rebuild these blood vessels. This requires multiple surgeries and
hospitalizations that ultimately do not produce the best possible

“Offering an innovative surgery like unifocalization and its 98 percent
success rate is one of the reasons Dr. Hanley is beloved by families and
has been called by his peers ‘one of the elite half-dozen cardiothoracic
surgeons in America.’”

What is the patient impact?

“A compelling way to measure impact is through the stories of the lives
we save,” Roth said. “Just read about 3-year-old
Kate Zuno
of Ukiah, Calif., who is successfully recovering from a
recent heart transplant. Or, the story of 5-year-old
from Valencia, Spain. No other team could perform the repairs
needed on Nayra’s heart, so she and her family traveled 6000 miles to
Stanford where she was successfully treated by Dr. Hanley and our Heart
Center team.

“Whether it’s offering the most innovative technology and treatments, or
the latest in cutting-edge protocols, we want to ensure children like
Kate and Nayra can access the care they need to have best chance for a
healthier life. This will be the true impact of our hospital and Heart
Center expansion. We are passionate about this—no child should ever be
turned away from the best care possible simply because we don’t have
enough space.”

By the Numbers: Last Year at the Pediatric
Heart Center

  • 6600 outpatient visits
  • More than 600 heart surgeries, and another 500 surgeries at Heart
    Center partner programs: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland,
    Sutter Memorial Center in Sacramento, and Valley Children’s Hospital
    in Madera
  • 25 heart transplants
  • 16 ventricular assist device implants
  • 8,238 transthoracic echocardiograms
  • 1,030 admissions to the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
  • 20 clinical trials currently under way

About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile
Packard Children’s Hospital

Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Stanford at its core, is the largest Bay Area health care enterprise
exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. Long recognized
by U.S.
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pediatric and obstetric specialty, with care ranging from the routine to
rare, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Together with our Stanford
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for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Robert Dicks,