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Packard Children's Opens West Coast's Most Advanced Pediatric Surgery Center
Date:1/7/2009

ists use play therapy to prepare children for their surgery experience.

"It's a very kid-friendly environment," said Albanese, "and doesn't seem like a traditional hospital or OR."

Then patients move to a pre-op holding area, where each bed has a TV and space for families wait. Each child is assigned a confidential tracking number during surgery, and parents can check display screens in the waiting area to see where their child is in the surgical process. Soon after surgery, parents join their kids in the 12-bed recovery room. The suites are designed to make the experience of surgery as anxiety-free as possible.

In short, the new facility delivers improvements in every aspect of patient care.

"Innovation begets innovation," said Albanese. "We can think more broadly, generate new ideas, and figure out how to make things better for our patients. We're all very excited."

The Ford Family Surgery Center was built with a lead gift from the Thomas W. Ford Family and gifts from HEDCO Foundation, Morgan Family Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Schow Foundation and The Valley Foundation.

Take a video tour of the new Ford Family Surgery Center at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn3AQGzHUiI.

About Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Ranked as one of the nation's top pediatric hospitals 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
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