Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and the Stanford University School of Medicine have announced an $80 million gift from Elizabeth and Bruce Dunlevie in support of maternal and fetal health.
The gift includes $50 million for construction of a state-of-the-art labor and delivery unit on the first floor of the hospital's West building. For mothers requiring hospitalization prior to delivery, the hospital will also build a dedicated maternity antepartum unit.
The remaining $30 million will launch a clinical research program focused on advancing the science and practice of maternal-fetal medicine and fund new facilities aimed at increasing access to care at Stanford Medicine. To improve treatment for mothers with underlying conditions such as heart disease, cancer, epilepsy, and diabetes and to address pressing obstetrical issues, including preterm labor, placenta accreta, hemorrhage, and cesarean delivery prevention, the program will recruit additional faculty focused on the early stages of human development, help them translate their findings from the lab into clinical care, and disseminate strategies aimed at improving maternal outcomes.
"My journey with this hospital started as the mother of a child who needed life-saving care, and my family is forever grateful for Lucile's vision and the care teams who ensured this hospital was here for us when we needed it," said Elizabeth Dunlevie, who serves as board chair of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and a board member of Packard Children's Hospital. "For all of us, the year 2020 has driven home the importance of health, of providing a healthy start for all families. With this gift we want to help ensure access to Packard's quality of care for all mothers and babies, across socioeconomic boundaries, now and in the future."
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