Stanford Medicine's History

Below is a list of significant events in the history of Stanford Medicine.

Stanford Medicine represents Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Stanford University School of Medicine, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.


 1858 - Medical school started in San Francisco as the Medical Department of the University of the Pacific

1882 - Cooper Medical College established by the faculty of the Medical College of the Pacific

1885 - Stanford University founded

1891 - Stanford University opened

1908 - Cooper Medical College adopted as Stanford University's School of Medicine by Board of Trustees

1919 - Stanford Home for Convalescent Children founded

1959 - Medical school moved from San Francisco to new quarters, including classrooms, laboratories, hospital and clinics, on Stanford University campus; the hospital was co-owned by the City of Palo Alto and known as the Palo Alto-Stanford Hospital Center

1968 - Palo Alto-Stanford Hospital Center purchased by Stanford University and incorporated as Stanford University Hospital

1970 - Children's facility renamed Children's Hospital at Stanford in recognition of its expanded roles in teaching and research

1980 - Children's Hospital at Stanford opened a new wing to house the Stanford-Children's Ambulatory Care Center, consolidating all pediatric outpatient services of Stanford University Medical Center

1982 - Stanford University Hospital embarked on a major modernization program to upgrade and expand facilities; agreement signed with Children's Hospital at Stanford for consolidation of all pediatric services in the new Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford

1983 - Outpatient clinics renamed Stanford University Clinic

1985 - Stanford University Clinic remodeled and modernized

1987 - Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine named in honor of philanthropists Arnold and Mabel Beckman

1988 - Ground broken for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford

1989 - Stanford University Hospital opened new wing, the first major modernization project since 1959

1989 - Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine opened

1991 - Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford opened

1992 - Richard M. Lucas Center for Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging opened

1993 - Stanford University Clinic opened new outpatient building on Blake Wilbur Drive

1993 - Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences opened new building on Quarry Road

1994 - Creation of Stanford Health Services through the merger of Stanford University Hospital and Stanford University Clinic

1997 - The Board of Directors of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford transferred control of the facility to Stanford Health Services; Packard Children's Hospital remained a separately licensed non-profit corporation

1997 - Merger that combined the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, UCSF/Mount Zion Medical Center, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford to create UCSF Stanford Health Care, a private nonprofit organization

1999 - Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital returned to independent status with the end of the two-year merger with UCSF Medical Center

2000 - Center for Clinical Sciences Research building opened

2004 - Stanford Cancer Center building opened

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