Frequently Asked Questions

Q:

What is UT Southwestern Medical Center?

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UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of the world’s leading education, research, and patient care medical centers – and that three-part mission will be incorporated uniquely in the new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. UT Southwestern physicians provide excellent patient care throughout the Medical Center’s hospitals and clinics, as well as at several affiliated hospitals in North Texas. Much of the care provided is based on research conducted in UT Southwestern’s own laboratories by its faculty scientists. Its M.D., Ph.D., and graduate medical education programs are among the largest and most highly ranked in the country.

UT Southwestern comprises:

  • 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
Q:

Why is UT Southwestern Medical Center building a new University Hospital?

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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 Medical Center’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
Q:

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

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The hospital has been planned based on projections of demand growth that will address: 1) Those patients from the local community who traditionally have turned to UT Southwestern for their health care needs, and 2) those patients who need highly complex care and are referred to UT Southwestern from Dallas, around the region, and around the country.

The new hospital will be larger than St. Paul University Hospital, but its planned size is driven by mission needs, and at 460 beds it will remain among the smallest of the major hospitals located in Dallas. Although no plans for expansion have been made – or are contemplated at this time – 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.

Q:

How will construction of the new hospital be financed?

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The hospital is being financed through a combination of bonds, clinical revenues, and philanthropy. No state or federal funds will be used to support this project.

Q:

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

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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 transform 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.

Q:

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

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The Southwestern Medical District is a designation given to the area that includes UT 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 consultative care for patients throughout the North Texas region and from across the country. 
  • Zale Lipshy University Hospital provides world-renowned neurosurgical, physical medicine, and rehabilitative services, 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.
Q:

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

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

Q:

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

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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 and its affiliated medical institutions.

Q:

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

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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.

Q:

Where is the helipad located?

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The helipad is on the north end of the new hospital.

Q:

What is the layout of the ICU rooms?

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The ICU rooms are spacious and have dedicated space for family to stay overnight.

Q:

Will there be a chapel at Clements University Hospital?

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Yes, the chapel is on the second floor.

Q:

What is Skylight?

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Skylight is an interactive portal accessed via a patient’s television monitor that provides clinical education and communication. The system platform combines internet, television programming, nutrition services, and EMR into a seamless package. Patients will be able to request meals and housekeeping services and access general information such as guest services, pastoral care, and videos.

Q:

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

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No, clinics will be closed on move day.

Q:

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

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Yes, all patients will be moved.

Q:

Who will ride with patients on move day?

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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.

Q:

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

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

Q:

What is “Day in the Life”?

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The Day in the Life exercise is designed to provide realistic scenarios for health care teams to navigate through in order to deliver safe and effective care in the new hospital. It is a critical part of the transition process and all departments moving to the new facility will be asked to participate.

Three Day in the Life exercises will be held at the new hospital in order to help teams feel confident in their ability to receive patients and provide the highest quality care.

Q:

Will all staff have a trial/Day in the Life at Clements University Hospital?

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In the fall, all staff will have an opportunity to visit Clements University Hospital. Super Users will also be fully trained for their individual units.

Q:

Will patients have to pay for parking?

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Visitors to Clements University Hospital will have the option of valet or self-parking. Valet will be $5 and self-parking will be $3. In-patient parking will continue to be complimentary. Long-term parking rates for guests are still being discussed.

Q:

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

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

Q:

Where will Neurological services be located?

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For now, these services will remain at Zale Lipshy University Hospital. In the future, we have the ability to add a third tower on the north side of the hospital without disrupting workflow.

Q:

What will happen to St. Paul?

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St. Paul will be decommissioned at the beginning of 2015. It will be demolished in order to make room for a new outpatient building.

Q:

Will Zale Lipshy patients, who are moving to the new hospital, also be moving in November?

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No, Zale Lipshy patients will move in December 2014.

Q:

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

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We are working with the Catholic Diocese to donate these artifacts.

Q:

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

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