In late 2014, UT Southwestern’s new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital will open its doors, transforming medical care in North Texas and serving as a model for academic medical centers across the country.
“Our vision is to provide the very best care possible to all those who come to us for help, and to do so while training the next generation of caregivers and conducting research that addresses some of the most important challenges in medical science,” says Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D., President of UTSW.
Every aspect of the new hospital has been carefully considered. One unique feature is its W-shaped design, which is both distinctive and functional. The W shape will enable nurses to maintain closer interaction with patients and have better sight lines into each patient’s room. Additionally, the hospital’s shape will make it easier for patients, staff, and visitors to navigate the facility.
Here’s just some of what you’ll find inside the building:
- 12 floors
- 1.3 million square feet
- 460 single-patient rooms
- 40 emergency department rooms
- 24 surgical suites
- 18 procedure rooms
- 72 adult ICU rooms
- 16 labor and delivery rooms
- 30 neonatal ICU rooms
Patient Room Highlights
Monitors will allow caregivers and patients to review charts and images (such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs) at the bedside, while videoconferencing capability – one of the most innovative features of the hospital – will allow patients to stay connected with their caregiving team, family, and friends.
Single-patient rooms will be spacious, with large windows that bring in natural light. Patients will have more control over their space, with Wi-Fi, as well as controls for TV, lighting, drapes, and temperature, easily accessible from the bed. Restaurant-quality food will be available around the clock.