Move will help facilitate access to Hospitals and ease commute
STANFORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Beginning in January 2012, employees of Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital will be able to use Caltrain free of charge as the hospitals provide Caltrain GO Passes to all eligible staff. The decision to provide passes, two years ahead of previously announced plans to do so, demonstrates each hospital’s support for more eco-friendly alternatives for employee commutes. Additionally, the Caltrain GO Passes will help alleviate construction-related traffic associated with the Renewal Project.
“Providing free GO Passes to our employees gives them a great alternative transportation option,” said Amir Dan Rubin, president and CEO of Stanford Hospital & Clinics. “Our commitment to providing the best care to each and every patient who walks through our doors is paramount and as we begin to build our new hospital, so it’s important that we minimize any inconveniences that can occur during construction. The GO Pass not only helps in this effort, but it also demonstrates our support for our employees’ use of alternative transportation.”
While the construction projects now under way are important upgrades to utilities and infrastructure, they provide the foundation to the larger building projects that are slated for late 2012, when the groundbreaking for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital’s expansion will occur. Groundbreaking for the new Stanford Hospital & Clinics will begin in early 2013.
“We are excited to provide the GO Pass to our staff,” said Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO of Packard Children’s. “By doing so, we hope that our staff will choose Caltrain as opposed to driving. By reducing Medical Center employee traffic, we will better facilitate access to our hospitals for our patients and families.”
The Caltrain GO Pass was originally part of the Hospitals’ entitlements agreement with the City of Palo Alto for the Renewal Project, which includes concurrent building projects at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Packard Children’s, and the Stanford School of Medicine. This entitlement was scheduled for 2014, but the Hospitals decided to implement the benefit two years ahead of schedule. The Caltrain passes and the additional Marguerite Shuttle service necessary to implement the GO Pass program are being provided by the hospitals at a cost of $1.5 million per year.
“Caltrain is happy to welcome Stanford and Packard hospitals to the GO Pass program,” said Rita Haskin, executive officer, customer service and marketing at Caltrain. “With express trains serving the Palo Alto station, and a robust connecting shuttle service, employees will arrive rested and ready to serve patients and families at the hospitals.”
For information about construction-related activities, including maps and recommended driving routes, please visit www.SUMCRenewal.org or call the 24-Hour Construction Hotline at (650) 701-SUMC (7862) for any site-specific or construction related inquiries.
About Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is annually ranked as one of the nation's best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and is the only San Francisco Bay Area children's hospital with programs ranked in the U.S. News Top Ten. The 311-bed hospital is devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers, and provides pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services in association with the Stanford University School of Medicine. Packard Children's offers patients locally, regionally and nationally a full range of health-care programs and services, from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury. For more information, visit www.lpch.org.
About Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Stanford Hospital & Clinics is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery, and organ transplants. It is currently ranked No. 17 on the U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Hospitals” list and No. 1 in the San Jose Metropolitan area. Stanford Hospital & Clinics is internationally recognized for translating medical breakthroughs into the care of patients. The Stanford University Medical Center is comprised of three world renowned institutions: Stanford Hospital & Clinics, the Stanford University School of Medicine, the oldest medical school in the Western United States, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, an adjacent pediatric and obstetric teaching hospital providing general acute and tertiary care. For more information, visit http://stanfordhospital.org/.
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