Ambassadors is proud to support THE HOSPITAL with our annual fund-a-need

As Ambassadors we unite by funding one specific need of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford or the child health programs for Stanford University School of Medicine. We encourage members to designate a portion of their annual gift to the Fund-A-Need. Through the support of our members we are able to accomplish a need and make a large impact within our community. 

2018-2019 Fund-A-Need: Funding a Psychologist in Packard Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The Charles B. and Ann L. Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is one of the few in the country to offer obstetric, neonatal, and developmental medicine services all in one place. The Johnson Center offers services from preconception to birth and follow-up care and delivers about 4,500 babies a year. Currently there is not a dedicated clinical psychologist in the NICU to help support mothers and families.  

The Ambassadors 2018-2019 Fund-A-Need will expand the care team at the Johnson Center by funding a clinical psychologist in the NICU and Packard Intermediate Care Nursery (PICN).  Our target goal is $200,000.

  • Ongoing collaborative research in Packard Children’s Divisions of Neonatology and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has shown that mothers with babies in the NICU are at high risk for post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, and significant coping issues.  Interventions developed at Packard Children’s and beginning during the NICU stay have shown significantly reduced maternal symptoms and improved outcomes when providing psychological support to mothers of these highest risk infants.

  • The Johnson Center, PICN, and NICU currently provide a full range of highly specialized medical and surgical services. This includes a nationally-recognized Level IV NICU which provides the highest level of intensive care available for the smallest and sickest babies. In addition to the medical teams that support the babies, care teams focused on family-centered care include chaplains, social workers and interpreters to support the mothers and families.

  • With planning under way for the Johnson Center refresh, the new Clinical Psychologist will enhance and support the clinical work and the research in both the NICU and PICN and support the true commitment to family-centered care.  This position will be an enormous differentiator for Packard Children’s, helping them become leaders in advancing this area of care and accelerate research in this critical field.



2017-2018: Pediatric Fellow in the Stanford Emergency Department

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is one of a few hospitals in the country dedicated exclusively to pediatric and obstetric care. Despite this, Packard Children’s does not have its own emergency department, but rather pediatric patients share physical space with adults at the Stanford Hospital Emergency Department. Our target goal is $175,000. 

  • There is a significant need for emergency medicine physicians to receive subspecialized training in pediatric emergency medicine to adequately handle the different physical and social-emotional needs of pediatric patients and their families. Typically, emergency medicine physicians receive only a few months of pediatric training, and they may lack the experience to best care for children with complex conditions or needs.

  • Over the course of the last 10 years, Packard Children’s has been slowly building a Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) team that can better serve the children and families admitted to the ER. In July 2017, the hospital accepted its first pediatric emergency medicine fellow, launching the second pediatric emergency medicine fellowship training program in Northern California.

  • Our Ambassadors 2017-2018 Fund-A-Need will help expand the PEM team by funding a second fellow, who will gain invaluable training as a dedicated pediatric emergency medicine physician at Packard Children’s. Through these efforts, we are excited to help Packard Children’s become a leader in pediatric emergency medicine as they build the pipeline of future pediatric emergency medicine specialists.

2016-2017: Bereavement & Family Guidance and Palliative Care Programs  

The Ambassadors selected to fund the Bereavement & Family Guidance and Palliative Care Programs, at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.  $268,000 will fund three critical areas within both departments:  

  • A bereavement therapist for two years.  

  • A palliative care physician specializing in pain management for two years.  

  • One year of the Annual Day of Remembrance for families who have lost a child.

Due to the sensitive nature of the support that the programs provide, the programs often go underfunded.  The impactful services provided by both the Bereavement & Family Guidance and Palliative Care Programs are not covered by insurance, they are completely reliant on philanthropy.


In 2015-2016, Ambassadors successfully funded the Teen Mental Health Initiative. Our gift allowed LPCH to fund two groundbreaking events - an innovative multi-day mental health intensive workshop and a major mental health conference with leading global experts. The money we raised will also allow the hospital to implement a proven screening tool to test for early signs of depression, anxiety, and suicide-risk both at the hospital and at surrounding schools. 


Our 2014-2015 Fund-a-Need was the salary of one Child Life Specialist and one Playroom Assistant to further enhance the family-centered care of the patients.  Child Life Specialists provide non-medical comfort to children such as giving a stuffed animal a shot, reading books to patients and providing birthday and holiday celebrations in their rooms. 

Thank you for all of your support of this year's Fun-A-Need. We are thrilled to announce that hiring for one of the two Child Life Department staff members  was completed thanks to your generous donations and ticket purchases from Lunch and Learn!

A child life specialist demonstrates an upcoming procedure on a stuffed animal.

A child life specialist demonstrates an upcoming procedure on a stuffed animal.

2013-2014: Private Patient Room in new hospital wing:  $150k

In 2013-2014, Ambassadors successfully funded one of 150 new additional medical patient rooms for the new children's wing. Thank you to all who participated to achieve this gift.  An "Ambassadors" plaque will be displayed by the entrance of the room when it is complete.  The benefits of this private and spacious room include family-centered care and infection control.  Fold-out double beds and private bathrooms with showers will help parents remain close to their children throughout their inpatient stay.  We are proud to have funded one of these special rooms and appreciate all who made this gift possible.