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'A TRANSFORMATIONAL IMPACT' ... The West building at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is in for a makeover thanks to a $100 million donation from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The substantial gift, presented to the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, will be used to modernize the hospital's obstetric and neonatal facilities. The West building, which opened in 1991, is the Bay Area's only facility that houses obstetric, neonatal and developmental medicine in one place. "We are honored to partner with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to grow our ability to deliver the strongest possible start for expectant moms and their babies," Stanford Children's Health President and CEO Paul King said in a June 2 press release. "Every year, some 4,400 newborns are welcomed into the world at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. With this gift, the environment before, during, and after birth will match the already extraordinary level of care." The hospital plans to expand its labor and delivery unit to accommodate up to 20% more births. The hospital also intends to carve out dedicated space for its first unit serving high-risk moms who need to be admitted days, weeks or months before delivery. "This reimagining of the obstetric and newborn care space will ensure mothers and babies have the best start possible at a beautiful and critical moment," said Sierra Clark, a trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Packard Children's Hospital board member.

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