Volume 24 • No. 1 • January,2000

Bauer appointed to reconfigured vice president's post;
dean sought

Doctors can help spur health legislation,
says Eshoo

Facilities upgrade planned for medical school facilities

 

Millennium Arrives Smoothly
at Stanford Hospital, Too

Jan. 1, 2000 arrived on the crest of an uneventful evening at Stanford Medical Center where a command center team had been closely anticipating any potential Y2K problems, such as computer system or communications failures, or an influx of patients.

"We were busy but we had no problems. We were staffed up and prepared in every area," said Cindy Day, a hospital administrator who directed the medical center's emergency command center. Virtually all clinical and support services increased personnel on New Year's Eve to ensure that any potential issues could be addressed immediately. At Stanford Hospital at midnight, patients filled 217 beds, 48 percent of the facility's capacity.

The Emergency Department (ED) treated 69 patients between noon and midnight, most of whom were treated and released. "This is fairly typical of a holiday weekend when accidents can occur more frequently than usual because people are celebrating and outpatient facilities are closed," said Eric A. Weiss, attending physician in the Emergency Department. Dennis Kneeppel, assistant director of nursing, said the ED census was "busy, but not unusual," based on an average of 100 patients in any 24-hour period.

Maintenance personnel ready to respond to Y2K emergencies reported six requests for maintenance, fewer service calls than a typical evening shift, said Karl Waldherr, engineering and maintenance manager. He said none of the calls involved problems relating to Y2K issues and involved minor issues such as a defective pneumatic tube and a washroom plumbing blockage.

Harrison James Curtiss may have been the most talked about event among millennium watchers at the medical center. Harrison arrived 12 minutes into the year 2000 at 6 pounds, 12 ounces - the first baby of the new millennium at Packard Children's Hospital.

The "millennium baby" and his parents, Chance and Julie Curtiss of Oakland, were feted by nurses and staff with two gift baskets - one for Harrison and one for his parents. Donating items for the baskets were seven firms, Agilent Technologies, Palo Alto's JJ&F Market, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Lactation Program, Mead Johnson, MedSource, Similac/Ross Laboratories, and Stryker, manufacturer of cribs.

Harrison's parents made the 40-minute drive to Stanford from Oakland for the birth, but it was a drive with which Julie Curtiss was familiar: She makes that commute almost every day to her job as an administrative associate in Stanford's Department of Psychiatry.

All babies born Jan.1 were to be given knit caps emblazoned with the words, "Millennium Baby," courtesy of the hospital.

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