The gift will support the design and construction of the hospital's 521,000-square-foot main building, which opened in December 2017. The newly renamed Tad and Dianne Taube Pavilion — the building's south tower — houses operating rooms, imaging suites, and intensive care units in a child-friendly environment. When completed, the building will have an additional hundred and forty-nine patient beds (for a total of three hundred and sixty-one), dedicated spaces for cancer and heart programs, and a surgery center with six operating suites (for a total of thirteen). In addition, the hospital's original building (the West building) will expand its center for expectant mothers and babies.
The gift boosts the Taubes' total giving to Packard Children's and the child health programs at Stanford University School of Medicine to more than $35 million. Most recently, the couple committed $14.5 million in support of initiatives to address youth addiction and concussions.
"We believe that it's important to invest in the children of today, because they are our citizens and leaders of the next generation," said Tad Taube, chair of Taube Philanthropies and a Giving Pledge signatory. "They should be given every opportunity to grow with optimum health — one of the foremost priorities of our philanthropies. We are privileged to support the remarkable new Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and other important health initiatives at Stanford which make a positive contribution for children and young adults."