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COMMENTARY / ROUNDS

presented a variety of challenges, including a shortage of
qualified local labor, especially electricians. This affected
productivity, which in turn affected cost and schedule.
Shaping our new enterprise and expanding our hospital
depended on our leadership's budget planning and fundraising. As a nonprofit care system, Stanford Children's
Health is committed to providing the highest-quality care
to children, expectant mothers and their families, regardless of their ability to pay. To shape our growth around this
commitment, we prioritized efforts to improve operating
efficiencies and optimize providers' ability to deliver the
best care. More efficient operations lead to shorter hospital
stays and result in fewer procedures, which reduce
overall costs for patients.
PREPARE AND PERSIST. As a nonprofit hospital,
we care for patients covered by Medicaid, the
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and
other sources of health care coverage for lowincome families. Throughout the years of our
expansion, we've worked through the changing
tides of health care policy in the U.S. Like many
children's hospitals, we've had to prepare
financially for these uncertainties and
learn how to manage risks and changes

knowing children and expectant mothers rely on us for care.
The future of medicine depends on us to fulfill the research
and education missions of the Stanford School of Medicine.
LISTEN TO STAFF, FACULTY, PATIENTS AND FAMILIES.
We learned to be flexible as new staff, faculty, board members
and others with new ideas joined the team. Clear leadership
has meant balancing the need to make inevitable changes,
like accommodating slightly larger MRI machines, with
staying confident and committed to the deeply vetted design
plans from 10 years ago. These include advances in familycentered care, an award-winning, environmentally sustainable green design, state-of-the-art surgical diagnostic
suites and more. In December, we opened the doors of
our new hospital. Our hope is to share the knowledge
we've gained across the many years of our project, and
contribute to considerations of other hospitals and
health care systems as they change and adapt in
the evolving industry.
Christopher G. Dawes is president and CEO of
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and
Stanford Children's Health.
Share your opinion. Email magazine@childrenshospitals.org.

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