Surge in donations answers Stanford's fundraising call for medical center

By Ruthann Richter

Fundraising across the Stanford University Medical Center soared in the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, with contributions to the School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital all setting new records.

Many research, clinical and education programs will benefit from gifts and pledges to the School of Medicine totaling $246 million, up 70 percent from the previous year and more than doubling a baseline of private support that averaged $100 million in the decade 1994-2004.

Stanford Hospital & Clinics saw a tripling of fundraising, with gifts and pledges totaling more than $38 million, up from $10 million last year, a previous record. The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, which raises funds for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the pediatric programs in the School of Medicine, received new gifts and pledges of $106 million, up from $67 million the prior year.

'Without question this was a remarkable fundraising year for the entire medical center,' said School of Medicine Dean Philip Pizzo, MD. 'And while we take pride in the organizational progress that has allowed us to achieve these new levels of support, it is the programs that will benefit and the lives that will be impacted by this philanthropy that is most important. Our remarkably generous donors do so much to advance all aspects of our missions, from accelerating basic discovery about human health and disease to eliminating suffering.'

Fundraising for the medical center has become increasingly critical as the school and both hospitals launch new initiatives and plan construction of major new facilities for research, teaching and patient care. To support these efforts, the Office of Medical Development has reorganized and doubled its staff over the past three years, while medical center leaders and faculty are devoting more time and energy to help meet fundraising goals.

'An entirely new team is now in place at OMD under the leadership of Doug Stewart, and we are seeing the impact in these results,' said John Freidenrich, campaign chair for the medical center and a member of Stanford Hospital's board of directors. 'Progress across the school and at Stanford Hospital has been encouraging, even as we look to more ambitious goals ahead.'

In the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, the medical school raised $63 million toward a goal of $100 million for construction of the Stanford Institutes of Medicine building 1, which will house research programs primarily in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. The building, scheduled for groundbreaking in late 2008, received a major boost in February from Lorry Lokey, founder of Business Wire, who pledged $40 million to the project.

The school's other current building project, the Learning and Knowledge Center, attracted contributions of more than $9 million last fiscal year. University trustee Jerry Yang, co-founder and CEO of Yahoo! Inc., and his wife, Akiko Yamazaki, led the way contributing $5 million. Nobel laureate Paul Berg, PhD, the Robert W. and Vivian K. Cahill Professor, emeritus, and his wife Millie, soon followed with a pledge of $4 million. Yamazaki and Berg are campaign co-chairs for the project, which has a $53 million fundraising goal.

Stewart, the associate vice president for medical development and alumni affairs, said raising all the needed funds for these two key projects is a top priority for the new fiscal year.

'We are optimistic about achieving these goals earlier than initially planned, which is important not only to move forward with these urgently needed new buildings, but also to allow us to focus on other equally important priorities across the spectrum of basic science and clinical programs,' he said.

New contributions this year have also enabled the school to endow a record number of professorships, with four being established with new gifts, and more than a dozen moving to fruition, Stewart said.

Both Stanford Hospital and Packard Children's Hospital are planning major projects to modernize outdated facilities, respond to increasing demand for patient care, meet state-mandated seismic safety requirements and assure that advances in medical technology are available here first. The medical center has begun the formal process of seeking approvals from the City of Palo Alto. Under the proposed plans, Stanford Hospital would build a completely new 600-bed facility featuring an expanded Emergency Department and new surgical, diagnostic and treatment rooms. Packard Children's Hospital would add more than 400,000 square feet of new space and 104 beds, as well as diagnostic and treatment rooms.

Stanford Hospital has already received commitments totaling $27.5 million from Marc Andreessen and Laura Arrillaga to expand emergency services in the current hospital and rebuild the Emergency Department in the new hospital. University trustee John Scully and his wife, Regina, have pledged $20 million, half earmarked for construction of the new Stanford Hospital and half for stem cell research in the School of Medicine.

'These exciting leadership gifts reflect the tremendous opportunities presented by building an entirely new hospital,' said Stanford Hospital President and CEO Martha Marsh. 'This generous support will help assure that the most advanced emergency services are available to patients when they need us most, and will promote translation of medical breakthroughs we can only imagine today into the care of patients here and around the world.'

On the pediatric side, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health generated $55 million in gifts and pledges for the children's hospital and $19 million for pediatric programs at the School of Medicine. New commitments included $20 million from John Sobrato and his family and $10 million from Elizabeth and Bruce Dunlevie for the construction of new facilities. Among the notable contributions for pediatric research was a $10 million gift from Harry and Shirley Hagey for the program in children's regenerative medicine, led by Michael Longaker, MD.

Grants through the Children's Health Initiative also increased to $31 million. The CHI is a 10-year program funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and administered by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health to promote pediatric clinical and research initiatives at Packard Children's and the medical school.

'I'm pleased to celebrate continued fundraising success at Packard Children's Hospital,' said President and CEO Christopher Dawes. 'Strategic investments through the CHI have enabled us to recruit leading physicians and surgeons, build top-notch pediatric research and clinical programs and transform children's services in the School of Medicine and the hospital. Since we opened our doors 15 years ago, philanthropy has been the keystone to building a premier children's hospital.'

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