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Health Matters—Stanford Medicine’s free annual community event—showcases world-renowned physicians and health care experts presenting the latest medical innovations and giving practical tips on healthy living.

This year, we’re dedicating Health Matters to the opening of the New Stanford Hospital—a beautifully designed space built to deliver compassionate, coordinated, leading-edge care, tailored to the unique needs of every patient. This seven-floor, 824,000 square foot state-of-the-art hospital will capture the promises of the biomedical revolution, translating the innovations of Stanford University and Silicon Valley into better health outcomes for our community and the world.

In addition to an array of tours and activities to introduce the new hospital to the community, we will be featuring interactive displays and demonstrations showcasing Stanford Medicine’s finest scientists and clinicians.



9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Event Overview:

Come experience the new Stanford Hospital before it opens to patients during our Community Open House days. Sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour of the new building and experience a street fair full of fun activities for the whole family, including live music and food trucks.


Please use the parking lot at Stock Farm & Oak Road, a short walk or shuttle to the hospital at 500 Pasteur Drive.


What types of tours are available?

There are two types of tours: A behind the scenes walking tour and a virtual tour.

When you choose our behind-the-scenes walking tour, you’ll go on an exciting journey to explore your new hospital, an experience that will never be open to the pubic again, and learn about many of the state-of-the-art features, the technology and the brand-new facility itself. This tour is approximately 50 minutes.

If you would prefer less walking or are short on time, our virtual tour was designed for you. Here you will experience the new Stanford Hospital “virtually” from the comfort of your chair in our onsite Stanford Medicine Theater tent. This tour is approximately 20 minutes.

If you’re interested in taking a tour, please proceed to our Tour Concierge Station, located near the registration area, and one of our team members will help you on your way!

Is there a lot of walking for the Behind-the-Scenes Walking Tour?

Yes, the Behind-the-Scenes Walking Tour lasts approximately fifty minutes as a tour guide leads you through the hospital. Please plan on wearing comfortable shoes. The tour is wheelchair accessible.

Where do I go for a tour?

If you’re interested in taking a tour, please proceed to our Tour Concierge Station, located near the registration area, and one of our team members will help you on your way!

How long will the tour be?

The Behind-the-Scenes Walking Tour will be approximately 50 minutes in length. The Virtual Tour will be approximately 20 minutes in length.

What is the recommended age to be to go on a tour?

All ages are invited to both the Behind-the-Scenes Walking Tour and the Virtual Tours.

Is the tour handicap accessible?

Yes!  Both tours are accessible for individuals using wheelchairs and/or those who cannot climb stairs.


Photo Booth

Smile! You’re at the New Stanford Hospital. Snap a photo, print it, share it, and celebrate!


Of course we have dogs! Cuddle with an adorable member of PAWS, Stanford’s Pet Assisted Wellness program, and learn how therapy dogs help patients during a stay in the hospital.

Teddy Bear Triage

Stop by teddy bear triage to stuff a little bear with love and then take home your new fuzzy furry friend!

Fairies – Face Painting and Balloons

Experience fairy magic with glittery face paint and balloon art.


Get in touch with your inner doctor and play a larger than life game of Operation. Beat the buzzer as you remove a wishbone, Adam’s apple, and Charley horse.

VOICES of the Community

View the work of over 4,000 community members at the Voices of the Community tent. This digital mosaic was created in celebration of the new hospital opening. Use the kiosk to find your drawing and pick up your commemorative mosaic poster. 


Music has the power to uplift, invigorate, calm, and ease. Enjoy musicians from Stanford Health Care’s Music Program who perform for patients and their families daily.


Experience Stanford Health Care’s daily commitment to keeping people healthy as you watch live demonstrations by our executive chefs and sample their creations, talk with registered dietitians, and take home delicious new recipes.

Ask an Expert

Learn the behind-the-scenes process of designing and planning one of the safest, greenest, and smartest hospitals in California. You can also see first-hand how the TUGS robot technology advances healthcare for the hospital.

Patient Experience

Convenient access, comfort, and coordinated care are the hallmarks of Stanford Health Care’s model of care. Meet our dedicated Patient Experience Team and discover how we are focused on the unique needs of patients and their families.

Text to Give

When you make a gift to Health Care Partners annual fund, you underwrite the people, programs, and technology that ensure Stanford Health Care delivers the most compassionate and personalized care possible. Stop by to learn how to give and receive a commemorative button.


Learn how breakthroughs discovered at Stanford Medicine every day predict, prevent, and precisely treat disease and create a healthy future for you, your family, your community, and your world.

ED/Trauma/Stop the Bleed/Comprehensive Stroke Center

As a Level One Trauma Center, our trauma experts are here for you 24/7. Meet our team of experts and learn how and when to take action in the event of a medical crisis.

Family Resource Center

Caregivers play an important role in healing. Discover new ideas and resources as you navigate the journey of supporting loved ones with serious and chronic illnesses.

Stanford University Planning for the Future

Learn about planning for Stanford’s future.

Treasure Hunt

Are you ready to go on a Treasure Hunt? Follow the clues, win some points and redeem them for fun prizes!


Hungry? There is such a thing as a “FREE LUNCH” (or breakfast). Choose one of our yummy food trucks, turn in your complimentary ticket you receive at registration and have something delicious to eat!

Additionally, we have a coffee station available until 11:00 am and ice cream and popsicle stands at the Street Fair in the afternoon.

Why are there food trucks?

As part of having fun at the Street Fair, we welcome you to have a free meal at one of our visiting food trucks. When you check-in, you’ll receive a free meal ticket for you to use at the food truck of your choice.

When are the food trucks open?

The food trucks will be open throughout the entire event each day.

What are my options at the food trucks?

Menus are posted at each food truck so stop by and get your complimentary meal!

Are there vegetarian options available?

Yes! There are a number of vegetarian and vegan options to choose from.

Can I buy food at the food trucks?

No need!  Your food is included with your registration. Simply redeem the food ticket you received during registration at the food truck of your choice.


Most frequent questions and answers

The Community Open House is open Saturday, 9/14 from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 9/15 from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

You’ll have the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of your new hospital and enjoy our Street Fair, which includes free food, tours, exhibits, demonstrations, interactive display, live music and plenty of fun activities for the entire family.

Complimentary parking will be provided at the Stock Farm parking lot on the corners of Stock Farm Road and Welch Road. From there it is a short walk or you can ride our free shuttle to the new Stanford Hospital at 500 Pasteur Drive. There will be signs to help direct you.

The parking lot shuttles will run approximately every 15 minutes until 30 minutes after the event ends.

In the Stock Farm parking lot, follow the signs to the Shuttle Pick-up/Drop-off location just north of Pasteur Drive. To return to the Stock Farm Parking Lot, the Shuttle Pick-up/Drop-off is located at the new Stanford Hospital, just outside the Registration and Check-In tents.

While animals are welcome on campus, pets are not allowed at the Community Open House and Street Fair, with the exception of service dogs.

Thank you for pre-registering for the event. Yes, all of our guests are required to check-in. When you come to check-in, you’ll receive some goodies to thank you for coming, as well as a food ticket to enjoy a free meal at our Street Fair food trucks.

Yes, everyone attending the event must register, but it’s quick and simple. You can register on-site at the Registration Tent or simply register on your phone and proceed to the Check-in Tent. Our staff is happy to assist you.

Water stations will be available at various locations for your convenience.  Additionally, you will receive a complimentary beverage from one of our onsite food trucks with your registration.

Luxury grade portable restrooms are conveniently located at the intersection of the food trucks and the Street Fair, as well as various points inside the hospital, if you choose to join us for a behind-the-scenes tour.

Join us on the Street Fair Treasure Hunt, where you will find clues to take you on your journey, and win points that can be redeemed for fun prizes!

Complete the Treasure Hunt and visit the Treasure Hunt Booth at the Street Fair to redeem your points for prizes

Included in the Street Fair, the kids will find a Teddy Bear Triage, where they can build their own bear, get their faces painted by Fairies, try their skills at our giant Operation game, join in our Treasure Hunt for clues and prizes, and much more….

We’re glad you’re enjoying yourself! You can register for the Community Open Houses on Saturday, 9/14 from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 9/15 from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

The event will be held rain or shine!

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