November 3, 2008

Stanford University Medical Center Releases Community Benefits Summary

Stanford University Medical Center today announced the release of the Fall 2008 Community Benefits Summary for Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the Stanford School of Medicine. The summary presents an overview of essential healthcare services and extensive community benefits contributions provided to the local community as an inherent part of the institutions' missions.

Chief among these benefits is the hospitals' long-standing commitment to providing the highest quality care and the greatest possible access to services for residents of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, including the only Level 1 Trauma Center between San Francisco and San Jose. The Stanford Hospital Trauma Center averages 1,800-2,000 patients annually, the majority of whom are from San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Being treated at a Level 1 Trauma Center increases a seriously injured patient's chances of survival by an estimated 20 to 25 percent.

Throughout its history, Stanford Medical Center has developed breakthrough medical technologies and treatments and provided these important advances to community members who rely on the hospitals for their healthcare.

-- In 2007, 63 percent of Stanford Hospital patients and 77 percent of Packard Children's patients came from within a 30-mile radius of the hospitals. One in four patients treated in the Emergency Department was a child.

-- In 2007, 90 percent of Packard Children's obstetric care was provided to patients from Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

"The community benefits contributions described in this summary are fundamental to our mission and why we exist," said Stanford Hospital & Clinics President and CEO Martha H. Marsh. "Providing quality medical care through our everyday programs and services is a cornerstone of our enduring commitment to serve our local community."

The summary outlines the hospitals' and School of Medicine's extensive commitments to public service by briefly describing the resources that are set aside for programs that directly benefit the wider community.

"For Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, it is vitally important that our programs reach beyond our hospital walls and represent the very best in healthcare and community support to children, adolescents and expectant mothers," said Lucile Packard Children's Hospital President and CEO Christopher Dawes.

Highlights of these programs include:

-- Packard Children's Healthy Kids Insurance Program, providing financial support to pay premiums for qualifying children over age six in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties

-- Packard Children's Perinatal Community Education and Pediatric Weight Control Programs

-- Stanford Hospital's "Farewell to Falls," a prevention program to reduce the rate of repeated falls by older adults

-- The Stanford Health Library providing health information, classes and other services to community members free of charge, with 16,000 branch visits annually and 30,000 website visits monthly.

-- The School of Medicine's Arbor Free Clinic and Pacific Free Clinic (both of which were founded by Stanford students) and participation in the Haas Center for Public Service

The economic impact of the hospitals was $444 million in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties for expenditures on goods and services, construction and capital items and employee spending. In addition, each institution contributes financially to other nonprofits that serve the local community, ranging from the Redwood City Police Activities League, the Mayview Clinic and the Opportunity Health Center in Palo Alto, to the School Health Clinics of Santa Clara County, Healthy Kids Insurance Programs and Ravenswood Family Health Center.

To access the summary online, visit:

About Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Stanford Hospital & Clinics is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders in areas such as cardiac care, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery, and organ transplants. Ranked #16 on the U.S. News and World Report annual list of "America's Best Hospitals," Stanford Hospital & Clinics is internationally recognized for translating medical breakthroughs into the care of patients. The Hospital is part of the Stanford University Medical Center, along with the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For more information, visit

About Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Ranked as one of the nation's top pediatric hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford is a 272-bed hospital devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers. Providing pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services and associated with the Stanford University School of Medicine, Packard Children's offers patients locally, regionally and nationally the full range of health care programs and services, from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury. For more information, visit

About Stanford University School of Medicine

The Stanford School of Medicine is a premier research-intensive institution that improves health through collaborative discoveries and innovation in patient care, education and research. We foster a two-way transfer of knowledge between research laboratories and patient-care settings with faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and students engaging in interdisciplinary efforts that transfer this knowledge into therapies to treat and prevent disease. Stanford's current community of scholars includes 16 Nobel laureates, four Pulitzer Prize winners and 24 MacArthur Fellows. Stanford is particularly noted for its openness to interdisciplinary research, not only within its schools and departments, but also in its laboratories, institutes and research centers. For more information, visit