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Every element was designed with
comfort and tranquility in mind.

Patient and Family Experience

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Wenter Blair, Heart Patient

The hospital is a state-of-the-art facility, where high-quality care is delivered in an environment designed, first and foremost, to meet the needs of patients and their families.

At William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, patients are treated in a state-of-the-art facility where every aspect of the hospital was designed with the care and comfort of patients and their families in mind.

Patients have spacious individual rooms with large windows that allow in abundant natural light, which has been shown to improve healing and a sense of well-being.

All patient rooms have an ergonomically designed sleeper sofa, allowing family members to comfortably stay overnight with a loved one.

With a remote at their bedside, patients are able to control their immediate surroundings (including lighting, temperature, and window shades), and even order meals and snacks.

Each patient room has Wi-Fi, so patients and family members spending time with them can stay connected to the world using their laptops and portable electronic devices.

Privacy and providing a peaceful, quiet environment were priorities in the design process. The hospital’s innovative layout allows deliveries of most supplies to bypass patient hallways, reducing the noise and activity that can disturb patients’ rest.

For patients, the process of checking into the hospital, navigating it, and being discharged have all been made easier. One distinctive feature is a special patient discharge area, so that when patients are ready to leave the hospital, they can do so, with whatever assistance they need, more privately and quietly than going through the main entrance.

Outside, creatively designed landscaping surrounds Clements University Hospital, creating a calming environment that helps reduce stress for patients and their families.

Speeding research discoveries
to the patient’s bedside.

Research and Innovation

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Ohwofiemu Nwariaku, M.D.

Bringing cutting-edge research and innovation to the patient’s bedside.

At UT Southwestern, we do more than just offer the latest treatments. We advance understanding of the causes of diseases, along with discoveries related to their treatment and prevention, through a world-renowned research program dedicated to moving discoveries in biomedical science from the research bench to the patient’s bedside.

Our legacy of applied discovery continues at the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. Designed to integrate the process and fruits of discovery into patient care, the facility has more than 35,000 square feet of space dedicated to research and learning.

Every patient care floor has space to support clinical research – areas where patients, faculty, staff, and others can participate in cutting-edge research projects, and where patients who need more than standard therapies can have access to the most advanced efforts to create new, more effective therapies for their conditions.

In addition, conference rooms with interactive whiteboard technology and videoconferencing capabilities enable care teams to gather and confer on cases with other experts at UT Southwestern or anywhere in the world.

The Patient and Family Resource Center allows patients and family members to research specific conditions, and interactive displays feature key discoveries made by UTSW faculty throughout the years.

At its core, Clements University Hospital reflects our dedication to innovation and discovery, as well as our commitment to delivering care that reflects the latest advances of benefit to our patients to promote their health and well-being.

Efficient space planning puts nurses
closer to patients than ever before.

Quality, Safety, and Efficiency

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Thea Vanderhill, R.N.

Patient-centered care begins with quality, safety, and efficiency.

The new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital was planned and built with quality, safety, and efficiency as top priorities. The result is a facility where every detail contributes to enhanced patient care.

A few examples of the way this commitment is expressed in the new hospital include:

  • The building was designed in its distinctive W shape as a way of reducing the distances that caregivers must travel to reach patients on the patient care floors.

  • The design also allows for simpler wayfinding and creates better adjacencies for care providers, as well as better visibility for team members to see each other, all of which contribute to reduced confusion and noise.

  • An innovative chute system that quickly whisks trash and used linen away from patient areas was incorporated into the building to help prevent infections.

  • Floor coloring was designed to reduce the risk of accidents by making dropped items easier to spot.

  • A sophisticated air filtration system provides fresher, cleaner air throughout the hospital, which is also a safety feature in reducing the risk of infections.

This focus on quality, safety, and efficiency – combined with the expertise of our caregivers and the use of advanced technology – means that Clements University Hospital offers a level of care and medical sophistication unparalleled in this region.

Our role is to educate the health
care professionals of tomorrow.

Education and Training

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Michelle Jones and Julious Belfor, Medical Students

Clements University Hospital offers a rich environment for education and training – benefiting students, residents, health care professionals, patients, and the community.

As a leading academic medical center, UT Southwestern educates the physicians, medical scientists, and health care professionals of the future. We also are committed to educating our patients about their conditions and treatment options, and we want to be a resource to the community in matters of science and health.

The new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital serves as a centerpiece for our commitment to education and training.

A few of the ways the new hospital has a positive impact are:

  • For patients and their loved ones, an array of technologies, as well as the availability of a Patient and Family Resource Center, enables them to become better informed about their conditions and treatment, as well as about groundbreaking research and clinical trials that may lead to new medical breakthroughs.

  • For the North Texas community, the hospital is a major new resource for learning about research, medicine, and maintaining good health.

  • For students, residents, and fellows, the new hospital exposes them to the most sophisticated technology and the most advanced approaches to patient care, complementing the exemplary education they receive from UTSW’s distinguished faculty in both the clinical and basic sciences.


    In designing the hospital, we took into account how millennials – the next generation of health care professionals – prefer to learn. Numerous “touch down” spaces were designed throughout the hospital, where small groups could gather and discuss issues as they arise. The goal was to create an environment that promotes collaboration and team-based learning. Teaching spaces located on patient floors can be used for physician rounding, student and resident education, and for care teams to meet to develop collaborative treatment and care plans that are specialized to each patient.

  • The new hospital includes a 10,000-square-foot Education and Conference Center that provides a venue for student, faculty, staff, and community educational sessions.

With more than 35,000 square feet of space dedicated to research and education, Clements University Hospital not only reflects education and research in the approach to patient care, the new hospital integrates both into the physical structure of the facility.