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Spectrum - September 26, 2008

Guest Opinion: Stanford's proposed hospitals expansion is worth supporting

by Walt Hays

I have been a resident of Palo Alto for more than 30 years, and although I have both a B.A. and law degree from Stanford I have not always supported the university's positions in relation to the city.

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Walt Hays is a longtime Palo Alto resident active in environmental and "sustainability" efforts. He can be e-mailed at


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Posted by Marvin
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 26, 2008 at 10:09 am

Bravo to Walt Hays for a very well written op-ed. Hopefully the city council will support this much needed expansion. the one problem with Mr. Hays op-ed, though, is the the fact that Bernard Beecham is co-chairing the Friends of the Hospitals group. During Mr Beecham's tenure on the city council, our infrastructure went downhill, we lost many tax-producing businesses, Alma Plaza languished, Edgewood Plaza was allowed to sink into disrepair and on and on. I hardly think he is the best person to head up a support group for the Stanford expansion.
Perhaps the committee would be better served with someone who can actually get things done

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 26, 2008 at 11:57 am

Recently I had to spend two nights at Stanford Hospital as a patient. I have only praise for the excellent care I received from the Staff. Unfortunately, due to lack of space I was left in a hallway for several hours after surgery due to lack of an available bed in a hospital room.

This was definitely not the fault of the staff but an underlying space problem. An improved Stanford hospital facility will be good for the residents of Palo Alto, therefore I support the building of the new hospital.