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This year marks 25 years since the 1991 opening of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Our history goes back even further with deep roots in our community and in children’s health. Thanks to the loyal support of donors like you, we have provided compassionate care for generations and will continue to do so for generations to come. See the full timeline here.


The Stanford Home for Convalescent Children, known affectionately as the Con Home, is founded to care for children with chronic illnesses such as polio.


A Stanford student named Lucile Salter begins volunteering at the Con Home, kicking off her lifelong dedication to children’s health.


Stanford University Medical Center opens a 420-bed facility in Palo Alto. The Con Home strengthens its teaching and research ties to the medical center and begins providing care for more seriously ill children.


The $5 million, 60-bed Children’s Hospital at Stanford opens, replacing the Con Home and further expanding teaching and research in children’s health.


David and Lucile Packard donate a visionary $40 million gift to build a new children’s hospital. In 1987, shortly after Lucile passes away, the Board votes unanimously to name the hospital in her memory.


Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford officially opens its doors to the community.


Philanthropic giving through the Campaign for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital raises $525 million, enabling us to recruit 40 top specialists and build Centers of Excellence in heart, cancer, brain and behavior, pregnancy and newborn services, pulmonary, and transplant. Your support propels Packard Children’s into the ranks of the nation’s best.


Our hospital’s growing reputation brings new needs and opportunities. Donors like you generously give $549 million through the Breaking New Ground campaign, including $262 million for a major expansion to ensure care for more families.


Together we will open America’s most technologically advanced, family-friendly, and environmentally sustainable children’s hospital. Here’s to an even brighter future for children and families!

This article first appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of Lucile Packard Children's News.