Stanford Health Care has opened the new Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, a city located in the US state of California.

Located on the Stanford University campus, the new 824,000ft² hospital has been designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects in association with medical planners Perkins Eastman.

It will accommodate the most advanced medical technology and features 368 private rooms and operating suites in a seven-storey medical building.

The new hospital, which was constructed by Clark/McCarthy, is claimed to be the only Level 1 Trauma Center between San Francisco and San Jose for adult patients.

The building’s emergency department, which is more than double the size of the existing one, will serve all adult and trauma patients.

The existing emergency department will be used for pediatric patients, further increasing emergency services at the hospital.

Stanford Health Care vice president of facilities services and planning Helen Wilmot said: “In a period of roughly three and a half hours, a team of more than sixteen hundred Stanford Health Care employees moved hundreds of adult patients from the existing hospital to the new Stanford Hospital. On average, one patient was moved into the new hospital every three to four minutes.

“This is an incredible logistical feat that required months of planning.”

Stanford Health Care transported around 200 patients to the new facility across the skybridge that links to the existing hospital at 300 Pasteur Drive.

The existing hospital at 300 Pasteur Drive will be renovated and converted to feature all private rooms, creating a cohesive, campus-like experience for all of its patients.