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Stanford Hospital gets $27.5 million gift

Original post made on Nov 9, 2007

A Silicon Valley technology executive and his Stanford University faculty wife have pledged to give Stanford Hospital a $27.5 million gift to build a state-of-the-art emergency department when the university builds its new hospital.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 9, 2007, 2:06 PM

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 9, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Stanford may have to turn this donation down--if the PA City Council does not okay the hospital remodel.
I am sure the "Too Much Traffic" contingent on the council and in the city will be upset with this donation since they will feel it puts them in a corner to okay the Stanford Hospital remodel

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Posted by Sanford Forte
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Nov 9, 2007 at 2:44 pm

Gifts "move", in that they enkindle the spark of gratitude to all that receive them, thus encouraging and enabling the recipient in ways that approach the ineffable.

Marc Andreessen and his wife, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen are to be thanked and for this most generous and wonderful gift to the Stanford Hospital, and for the many human beings that their gift will touch.

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Posted by Forum Reader
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 9, 2007 at 3:30 pm

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 9, 2007 at 4:14 pm

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Posted by Ken
a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 9, 2007 at 4:27 pm

Having spent many an evening at the Emergency room at Stanford, with my very sick daughter, I can attest that this gift is much appreciated.

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Posted by A community member
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 9, 2007 at 8:15 pm

When I was a resident of Palo Alto, I accompanied emergent patients to the Stanford ER several times and saw others suffering terribly (and endlessly, they must have felt) as they waited their turn, due to the crowded conditions and limited resources. It broke my heart that people could not be treated more quickly.

I make absolutely no judgment as to a person's "right" to visit the ER. If they or their family feel they need to be there, they should have prompt, competent care and relief. This generous gift will help the ER meet that standard of simple humanity.

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Posted by Keith P.
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 9, 2007 at 9:54 pm

This is an incredible gift that follows many that the Arrillaga family have already made to Stanford and the greater Palo Alto community.

Thank you Marc and Laura!

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Posted by NL
a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 10, 2007 at 6:17 am

If Palo Alto rejects this proposal to build a new hospital, it will be the residents of Palo Alto who will suffer.

Anyone who has tried to get into Stanford Hospital recently knows it is always full. If you need immediate hospitalization it probably won't be at Stanford, if you're lucky it might be at Sequoia or El Camino but these hospitals are also full.

We need a new and enlarged Stanford Hospital ASAP, and Palo Alto would be shooting themselves in the foot if they don't approve this project.

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Posted by Jeremy
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Nov 10, 2007 at 10:41 am

No one is talking about rejecting the proposal.
Please inform yourself so you can avoid making up stories and spreading mis-information.

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 10, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Jeremy--while no on the city council has dared to come out in opposition to the Stanford hospital remodel, there are those that:

a) are not very happy with it (yoirko's quote of this being like swallowing a bowling ball)

b) see this as an opportunity to "extort" concessions from Stanford in order for them to get the okay.

Only time will tell what will happen when this comes before the council.

I am sure that there are those who may be against, n principle, this gift since it will enlarge the emergency room, which will mean more traffic
(do not scoff about PA being more concerned with "quality of my life" issues vs health--look at the threads where trees are more important than people's health and those with allergies are told that they are faking or should go somewhere else, as an example)

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2007 at 8:51 am

The gift for the emergency room at Stanford unfortunately will cause some people to point to the gift as further proof that an expanded emergency room at Stanford is a good thing. An expanded emergency room is only good if it is located in the right place, away from a highly congested area. You may remember that Stanford argued for the expansion of Sand Hill Road because emergency vehicles are slowed by traffic and this traffic congestion endangered people’s health. We know our neighboring cities have hospitals with emergency rooms located in less congested areas than El Camino/Sand Hill Road. Looking a gift horse in the mouth . . .

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