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Christopher Dawes, the longtime president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health, retired in August. Dawes joined the hospital in 1989 prior to its 1991 grand opening and served as CEO from 2000 to 2018. Known for his easygoing, unflappable style, he worked well with everyone, whether it was a parent or a Stanford University official.

“Under his guiding hand, we went from being a very lovely community hospital, nicely designed and family-friendly, to a world-class children’s hospital, drawing patients from across the United States and around the world,” says Susan Packard Orr, Lucile Packard’s daughter, who served on the hospital’s board of directors from 1993 to 2017.

Dawes, in turn, credits this transformation to donors like you who believed in the hospital and made its growth possible. “A children’s hospital is as good as its community wants it to be,” he says. “In our case, the community has spoken loud and clear—they’ve made us one of the nation’s best.” In a display of gratitude by our hospital and Foundation’s boards of directors, leadership, and friends, the new entry garden at Packard Children’s Main building is now named the Dawes Garden.

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Paul King was recently named the hospital’s new president and CEO. Learn more at