New hospital to host community open house Sept. 14-15 with activities, food and music

Local residents can get a sneak peek of the new Stanford Hospital at a community open house featuring a multimedia experience, family activities and food trucks.

A community open house at the new Stanford Hospital is set for Sept. 14-15.
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The new Stanford Hospital will officially open its doors to patients in the fall, but on Sept. 14 and 15, local residents can get a sneak peek as part of a two-day community open house featuring a multimedia experience and a health- and wellness-inspired street fair with food trucks and family activities.

“We are thrilled that our vision of expanding our world-class academic medical center has come to fruition,” said David Entwistle, president and CEO of Stanford Health Care. “The new Stanford Hospital is first and foremost our community’s hospital.”

Open house visitors will be able to take part in a 50-minute multimedia experience of the new facility. They’ll have the opportunity to learn about the robots that deliver supplies throughout the building, the technology-rich patient rooms and operating suites, the safety features, original art and rooftop gardens. Experts also will be on hand to answer questions about the building’s design and construction and the advanced patient care technologies. 

“The community open house events will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the general public to go behind the scenes of the new hospital before it opens,” said Maggie Pringle Grauer, chair of the Stanford Medicine Community Council. “We are creating an experiential tour that will give visitors a firsthand look at the delivery of modern medicine.”

In the promenade between the original Stanford Hospital and the new building, there will be a street fair with interactive activities for all ages. Booths will feature demonstrations of the latest telehealth and virtual reality tools used in surgery and patient care. There also will be health and nutrition advice, a larger-than-life game of Operation, Stanford’s therapy dogs, face painting, a treasure hunt, balloons, live music and a teddy bear triage area, where kids can care for the stuffed animals and take them home.

Visitors will also have the chance to view the Stanford VOICES digital mural project, a mosaic of more than 4,000 drawings completed by patients, staff and community members.

The community open house will run 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 14 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 15. It’s free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Sign up at Free parking is available at the Stock Farm Parking Garage, with shuttle access to the hospital entrance. 

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