After spending $2 billion and 10 years in planning and construction a new hospital, Stanford Health Care is just days away from its most-anticipated moment: wheeling in patients.
The complex at 500 Pasteur Drive will be abuzz starting this Sunday at 6:30 a.m. with the unveiling of the new Emergency Department. The new ER 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.
CEO David Entwistle will escort the first patient across the enclosed Sky Bridge from the old hospital at 300 Pasteur Drive to the new one at 9 a.m. after a ribbon-cutting ceremony and opening remarks. All current patients are expected to be transferred to the new 824,000-square-foot hospital by 3 p.m.
The new space includes 368 single-patient rooms and was designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, who attended an event celebrating the completed project last month. In an interview with the Weekly, Viñoly described how the facility can be expanded in the future as needed and incorporates five healing gardens and windows that offer views of nature.
The hospital opening comes after two community open house events in mid-September, when the public was given tours of the seven-story complex. Over the summer, more than 4,000 physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers underwent rigorous training to become well-acquainted with the new facility, according to Stanford Health Care.
"This new facility will allow us to continue to do that amazing research — to be able to produce the science that then produces the Nobel laureates. ... Stanford is a step above," Entwistle told the Weekly in a video interview earlier this year.
• Hear Dr. George Tingwald, medical planning director for Stanford Health Care, give an overview of what's inside the new Stanford Hospital on an episode of "Behind the Headlines," now available on our YouTube channel and podcast page.