High-tech corporate partnership supports plan for $2bn Stanford Medical Center
Technological giants Apple, eBay, HP, Intel, Intuit and Oracle have pledged their support for a new $2bn inpatient facility at Stanford Hospital, designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects. The corporate partnership is looking to provide $150m in funding over the next decade, to add to the $400m Stanford Hospital & Clinics (SHC) hopes to raise through private donations.
The new facility will incorporate innovative design approaches to patient access, information, education and navigation, and will increase the Hospital’s current capacity to 600 beds. Remaining in close proximity to the Stanford School of Medicine, the new Stanford Hospital will be linked to the existing inpatient facility via a network of bridges and tunnels. Long-term plans include the demolition of sections of the Eisenhower-era Medical Center to provide a base for new outpatient clinics and related support services.
Stanford University President, John Hennessy explains: “There is no better time to invest in the future of healthcare than now, and no better place than here at Stanford, in the heart of Silicon Valley. By joining with us at this moment, these companies have demonstrated great leadership that reflects their ongoing commitment to improve the quality of life on a global scale.”
Designs by Rafael Vinoly Architects present a multi-disciplinary, interventional platform, where radiology and surgical services and the Emergency Department will be co-located with state-of-the-art imaging services to enhance care; upper-level residential pavilions with light-filled, single patient rooms; and a unique, mid-level garden floor.
After five years of careful planning, a press release from Stanford Hospital suggests that the building project ‘will be preceded by utilities upgrades and related work that could begin in 2011, provided that the project receives required approvals from the City of Palo Alto’. Construction is expected to take six years.
Stanford Hospital has a number of firsts to its name. It was the first hospital in the US to complete a heart transplant; the site of the first successful heart/lung transplant; invented the technologically advanced Cyberknife to treat brain, liver, lung, pancreas and spinal tumors that were previously considered untreatable; and developed the balloon-tipped catheter now used in over 300,000 angioplasty procedures annually.
Courtesy of Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Transparent House