Growing Together

Growing Together

Extraordinary Care. Continual Learning. Breakthrough Discoveries.





Our mission of delivering the very best care started nearly 100 years ago. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford traces its roots to the Stanford Home for Convalescent Children, which was established in 1919 to care for children with long-term illnesses such as polio, tuberculosis and rheumatic fever.

In 1959, the Stanford University Medical Center opened a new facility in Palo Alto, and moved the Stanford Home for Convalescent Children to the current campus. This helped strengthen the teaching and research ties between the hospital and the university and enabled us to provide care for more seriously ill children.

As the need for pediatric care increased, so did the need for a larger facility. In 1986, David and Lucile Packard donated $40 million to begin construction on a new children’s hospital–and in 1991 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford officially opened its doors to the community. Named in memory of our visionary, Lucile Salter Packard, who died in 1987, the hospital has continued to grow. Thanks to a team of dedicated people led by Anne Bass, Elizabeth Dunlevie and Susan Packard Orr, we started a campaign in 2007 to rally support for a hospital that would serve not only future generations of kids and moms here in the Bay Area but also families around the world. By its conclusion in December 2012, the campaign had raised nearly $550 million and we held a groundbreaking event to officially kick-off the project.

Generous donations and support from across the community helped to fund our transformational expansion to the building.

We celebrate our legacy and thank the many people whose generous support has helped Lucile Packard’s dream evolve through the years. Today, Stanford Medicine Children’s Health stands as one of the largest health care networks exclusively dedicated to pediatric and obstetric care.

We welcome even more patients and their families into one of the nation’s most technologically advanced, family-friendly and sustainable children’s hospitals.

Chris Dawes

How to build the best children’s hospital


In December 2017, we opened the doors of our new hospital, and we’re ready to reflect on those lessons learned.


“A children’s hospital is as good as its community wants it to be. In our case, the community has spoken loud and clear: they’ve made us one of the nation’s best.”

Christopher Dawes

Late President and Chief Executive Officer, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford (served from 1999-2018)