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“My dream is that 50 years from now, the childhood diseases that cause so much anguish today will have disappeared. What we’ve done here is create an environment where the real work will be done—the work that will make medical breakthroughs possible, improving the health of our children, our grandchildren, and the children of the future around the world.”
—Lucile Salter Packard

Opening Day: June 10, 1991

From the beginning, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford stood out. It was—and still is—one of the very few children’s hospitals in America to incorporate both pediatrics and labor and delivery into one facility.

“From the start, our goal has been to fulfill the vision of Lucile Salter Packard, our generous founder and visionary for child health. Her magnificent spirit still guides everything we do. She would have loved this place and all we have achieved.”
—Christopher G. Dawes, President and CEO
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

“I remember opening day so well: I put on my scrubs and my new pink ‘I Opened the Doors’ tee and joined in. Everyone remained focused on the safety of the kids. We all had a sense of pride and anticipation. That was a very special day. We moved so many critically ill children safely, under a well-orchestrated plan, into our new beautiful hospital.”
—Colleen Dunn, RRT, CCRC

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