Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About UT Southwestern

What is UT Southwestern Medical Center?

UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to education, research, and patient care. The William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital will not only reflect education and research in our approach to patient care, the hospital will integrate both into the physical structure of the facility.

UT Southwestern physicians provide patient care through our network of hospitals and clinics, as well as at several affiliated hospitals in North Texas. UT Southwestern physicians provide medical care in 40 specialties to nearly 91,000 hospitalized patients and oversee more than 2 million outpatient visits a year.

The institution’s faculty includes many distinguished members, including six who have been awarded Nobel Prizes since 1985. Numbering more than 2,700, the faculty is responsible for groundbreaking medical advances and is committed to translating science-driven research to new clinical treatments.

UT Southwestern’s M.D., Ph.D., and graduate medical education programs are among the largest and most highly ranked in the country.

UT Southwestern operates:

  • Three degree-granting schools: UT Southwestern Medical School, UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and UT Southwestern School of Health Professions
  • Two University Hospitals (St. Paul University Hospital and Zale Lipshy University Hospital) and multiple clinics
  • Expansive biomedical research programs and laboratories
Why is UT Southwestern building a new hospital?

St. Paul University Hospital, which opened in 1964, cannot be expanded to handle growing capacity needs or economically renovated to incorporate the state-of-the-art technology required to practice the medicine of the future. Zale Lipshy University Hospital, while still in prime condition, is operating at full capacity and cannot be expanded.

Together with Zale Lipshy University Hospital, the new Clements University Hospital will fully integrate UT Southwestern’s education, research, and patient care missions, enabling the Medical Center to:

  • Deliver world-class health care to North Texans
  • Translate scientific advances to leading-edge treatments for a growing patient population
  • Recruit and retain world-class clinicians
  • Educate the next generation of physicians and health care professionals
Where is the new hospital located?

The new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital is situated on a 32-acre site on the southwest side of Harry Hines Boulevard, between Mockingbird Lane and Inwood Road.

Located in the Southwestern Medical District, the hospital will be a short drive from downtown Dallas and just five minutes from Dallas Love Field airport.

What is the Southwestern Medical District, and how is it different from UT Southwestern Medical Center?

The Southwestern Medical District is a designation given to the area that includesUT Southwestern Medical Center, Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Children’s Medical Center. As affiliated hospitals of UT Southwestern, Parkland and Children’s are primary care teaching hospitals for UT Southwestern, with their patients cared for by UT Southwestern faculty physicians.

Each hospital in the district serves the region in unique ways:

  • The new Clements University Hospital will focus on specialized care for patients referred from throughout the North Texas region and from across the country.
  • Zale Lipshy University Hospital provides world-renowned neurosurgical, physical medicine, rehabilitative, and psychiatric services.
  • Parkland Memorial Hospital is the region’s busiest Level 1 Trauma Center, has the second-largest civilian burn unit in the country, and serves as the safety net hospital for Dallas County’s most vulnerable citizens.
  • Children’s Medical Center is the only academic hospital in North Texas dedicated exclusively to the care of children from birth to age 18 and the first pediatric hospital in Texas with a designated Level 1 Trauma Center.

Planning and Construction

Will the new hospital meet our community’s health needs, or will there be a later expansion?

The hospital has been planned based on projections of demand growth that will address patients from the local community who traditionally have turned to UT Southwestern for their health care needs, as well as patients who need highly complex care and are referred to UTSW.

The new hospital will be larger than St. Paul University Hospital by 147 beds. However, its planned size (460 beds) is driven by mission needs, Although no plans for expansion have been made, the site and design of the hospital have been chosen to make expansion possible at a relatively low cost if it should be necessary in the future.

How is construction of the new hospital being financed?

The hospital, an $800 million project, is being financed through a combination of bonds ($400 million), clinical revenues ($200 million), and philanthropy ($200 million). No state or federal funds are being used to support this project, and the $800 million total cost includes the construction of a new data center and a thermal energy plant, as well as the relocation of many outpatient clinics.

Why is Clements University Hospital being built at the same time as the new Parkland?

As St. Paul University Hospital is reaching the end of its useful lifespan, so is the current Parkland Hospital, which opened in 1954. Both projects have been initiated out of necessity and the timing is coincidental.

St. Paul and Zale Lipshy

What will happen to St. Paul University Hospital and Zale Lipshy University Hospital once the new hospital is complete?

St. Paul University Hospital will be decommissioned as a hospital and the building will be demolished in 2015. The area where St. Paul University Hospital currently exists will be developed as part of the Medical Center’s West Campus Master Plan.

The new Clements University Hospital will enable Zale Lipshy University Hospital to be transformed into the region’s first dedicated, freestanding neuroscience facility – one of only a few in the country – and one of the world’s premier neurological diagnostic and treatment centers.

Where will neurological services be located?

Neurological services will be located at Zale Lipshy University Hospital, which will become the clinical center for UT Southwestern’s expertise in Neurosciences.

Will Zale Lipshy University Hospital patients, who are moving to the new hospital, also be moving in December 2014?

No, Zale Lipshy University Hospital patients will remain at Zale Lipshy University Hospital until discharge. Patients admitted to select services in mid-January 2015 will be admitted to Clements University Hospital.

What will happen to religious artifacts currently located at St. Paul?

We are working with the Catholic Diocese to find a new home for these artifacts.

What is going to happen to the Professional Office Building parking garage?

The Professional Office Building parking garage will remain in place after St. Paul is demolished.

Fundraising

What is the Southwestern Medical Foundation, and how is it related to UT Southwestern Medical Center?

The Southwestern Medical Foundation is an important philanthropic partner of the Medical Center, dedicated to supporting medical education, research, and patient care at UT Southwestern. The Foundation manages more than 500 endowed and restricted funds established by generous gifts from donors for the benefit of UT Southwestern.

What is the St. Paul Medical Foundation, and how is it related to UT Southwestern Medical Center?

The St. Paul Medical Foundation is another important philanthropic partner of the Medical Center, primarily supporting UT Southwestern’s heart, lung, and vascular programs. Through special events, foundation and corporate grants, and individual contributions, the St. Paul Medical Foundation has raised funds to help build new facilities, purchase high-technology equipment, and fund clinical studies.

Patient Experience

Will there be a chapel at Clements University Hospital?

Yes, the chapel is on the second floor.

What is Skylight?

Skylight® is an interactive portal (accessed via a television monitor in patient rooms) that provides clinical education and communication. The system platform combines Internet, television programming, nutrition services, and electronic medical records into a seamless package. Patients will be able to request meals and housekeeping services and access general information about topics such as guest services, pastoral care, and videos.

Move Day

Will UT Southwestern accept direct admits from clinics on move day?

No, clinics will be closed on move day.

Will all St. Paul University Hospital patients be moved on move day?

Yes, all patients will be moved on that day.

Who will ride with patients on move day?

On move day we will have transport teams specifically for moving patients between the two hospitals. These team members will ride with patients in the ambulance. One family member will be able to stay with the patient on move day and, in certain situations, ride in the ambulance.

Will patients who have been moved to Clements University Hospital have to be readmitted on move day?

No, it will be like transferring a patient from one unit to another.

What is the “Day in the Life” exercise?

The Day in the Life exercise is part of the preparation process for moving into the new hospital. Before the hospital opens, caregivers and staff will be able to carry out realistic scenarios in the new facility, ensuring that they are prepared to deliver safe and effective care when the new hospital opens. Three Day in the Life exercises will be held, and they are a critical part of the transition process.

Parking and Transportation

What parking options will be available at Clements University Hospital?

Visitors to Clements University Hospital will have the option of valet or self-parking.

If you take the train, where will the shuttle drop off point will be?

Shuttles will drop off guests in the back of Clements University Hospital.