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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] On March 20, 2018, Christopher Dawes announced his retirement from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Dennis Lund, MD, who serves as the Chief Medical Officer, was appointed to Interim CEO.

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 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 Salter Packard Foundation 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 recognitionEdit

  • LPCH is rated as the #10 best children's hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, which is notable because it is also the youngest hospital on the list having been founded in 1991.[6][7]
  • 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 expansionEdit

The Stanford University Medical Center (Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and the Stanford University School of Medicine) are planning construction of a medical center. The construction will address several important issues including: state-mandated seismic safety laws, a critical shortage of beds, increasing patient needs, undersized facilities, and the space requirements of new medical technologies and advances in medical care.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  2. ^ "Clinical Specialties and Services". Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "History, Mission and Values". Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  5. ^ Kliff, Sarah. "The problem is the prices". Vox. Vox Media. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Best Hospitals 2007 Specialty Search: Pediatrics". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  7. ^ a b 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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