• Packard Children's CEO Christopher Dawes has retired after 30 years of service.
  • 1991: Chris Dawes (left, fourth row) leads the grand opening of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital as the Director of Transition. He becomes chief operating officer in 1996.
  • 2000: Dawes becomes president and CEO of Packard Children’s.
  • 2005: Dawes dresses in a chicken costume for the hospital’s Trick-or-Treat Trail for patients.
  • 2008: Dawes and Susan Ford Dorsey (far right) cut the ribbon on the Ford Family Surgery Center, the hospital’s first operating suites. With Dawes’ vision and generous community support, the hospital attracts over 100 top faculty members, builds world-class clinical programs, and becomes one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals.
  • 2010: Dawes, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs meet at the ceremonial signing of SB 1395, legislation that makes it easier for Californians to affirm their preferred organ donor status.
  • 2012: Physician-In-Chief Hugh O’Brodovich, MD, and Foundation board members Susan Packard Orr and Elizabeth Dunlevie join Dawes to break ground on Packard Children’s expansion, which will add 521,000 square feet, 149 beds, and 3.5 acres of gardens and green space to deliver outstanding care to more children and families.
  • 2013: Dawes enjoys Summer Scamper with husband and wife duo Pat Rice and Claire Fitzgerald, who have volunteered in the hospital as baby cuddlers for more than 20 years.
  • 2017: Dawes watches his vision come to fruition as the first patient moves into the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.
  • 2018: In honor of Dawes, Packard Children’s new entry garden is named the Dawes Garden.


Extraordinary Service

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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Christopher Dawes, the longtime president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health, retired in August. Dawes joined the hospital in 1989 prior to its 1991 grand opening and served as CEO from 2000 to 2018. Known for his easygoing, unflappable style, he worked well with everyone, whether it was a parent or a Stanford University official.

“Under his guiding hand, we went from being a very lovely community hospital, nicely designed and family-friendly, to a world-class children’s hospital, drawing patients from across the United States and around the world,” says Susan Packard Orr, Lucile Packard’s daughter, who served on the hospital’s board of directors from 1993 to 2017.

Dawes, in turn, credits this transformation to donors like you who believed in the hospital and made its growth possible. “A children’s hospital is as good as its community wants it to be,” he says. “In our case, the community has spoken loud and clear—they’ve made us one of the nation’s best.” In a display of gratitude by our hospital and Foundation’s boards of directors, leadership, and friends, the new entry garden at Packard Children’s Main building is now named the Dawes Garden.

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Paul King was recently named the hospital’s new president and CEO. Learn more at supportLPCH.org/PaulKing.


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