The gift, according to Stanford, will fund a new clinic and research program aiming to “help advance the science and practice of maternal-fetal medicine,” which focuses on the health of the mother and their babies prior to, during, and shortly after pregnancy.
In 2017, Packard Children’s Hospital opened its new Main building which serves most of the hospital’s pediatric patients. The gift from the Dunlevies provides $50 million to transform the first floor of the hospital’s West building, which will become the primary home for services for mothers and babies. Over the next few years, the hospital will build a state-of-the-art labor and delivery unit with 14 private suites. A dedicated maternity antepartum unit will also be built for mothers requiring hospitalization prior to delivery.
The Dunlevies’ gift also provides $30 million to “further develop a world-class Maternal-Fetal Medicine program at the School of Medicine,” according to Stanford.
Elizabeth Dunlevie, who is board chair at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and a board member at Packard Children’s Hospital, said she’s the mother of a child who needed life-saving care.
“My family is forever grateful for Lucile’s vision and the care teams who ensured this hospital was here for us when we needed it,” she said, adding, “For all of us, the year 2020 has driven home the importance of health, of providing a healthy start for all families. With this gift we want to help ensure access to Packard’s quality of care for all mothers and babies, across socioeconomic boundaries, now and in the future.”
Bruce Dunlevie has served on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University and as chairman of the board of the Stanford Management Company.
“Our family has been fortunate to live and work in Silicon Valley and in close proximity to Stanford for several decades, and we’ve been grateful beneficiaries of the excellent care delivered by Packard Children’s Hospital more than once,” he said.
The Dunlevies’ prior gifts to Lucile Packard have included investments for the Vera Moulton Wall Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease, the Dunlevie Family Professorship in Pediatrics, the Dwight and Vera Dunlevie Professorship in Pediatric Cardiology, the Elizabeth Wood Dunlevie Professorship, and the Dunlevie Garden, according to Stanford.
More than 100,000 babies have been born at the hospital since its 1991 opening.
“Packard Children’s Hospital was founded on the vision of one mother, Lucile Salter Packard, who believed in the importance of caring for expectant mothers and their babies together,” Stanford said.
Photo courtesy of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.