NTX Magazine Volume 5 - Page 36

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT Healthcare New Hospital for the Next Generation of Care On December 6, 2014, UT Southwestern’s new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital opened its doors, a gleaming, high-tech manifestation of the system’s dedication to improving patient care for North Texans and beyond. It is named for a beloved former governor, a larger-than-life Texan whose success in the oil and gas industry enabled his gifts of more than $100 million to UT Southwestern. Specially designed and equipped around the needs of patients and their families, this 12-floor, 1.3 million-sq.-ft., 460-bed hospital integrates UT Southwestern’s patient care, education and research missions. Best practices gathered from facilities across the country resulted in the addition of areas where real estate enables a different approach to care and learning. For example, conference rooms tucked away on patient floors allow professionals to continue their learning within the clinical environment, and medical students to gather with their physicians to discuss teachable moments without standing in the hall. A dedicated Education Center in the hospital allows videoconferencing ability directly into operating rooms within the facility or across the world. A bird’s eye view allows students and other medical professionals in the Education Center classrooms to see what’s happening in great detail. The patient experience is of paramount importance in this new facility. Private patient rooms that take Dr. Rody Cox, professor of Internal Medicine, on rounds with UT Southwestern medical school students 6 “With Nobel Laureates and with the opening last December of the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, an academic medical center for its innovative design, integration of UT Southwestern’s research, education, and patient care missions, and commitment to providing patient-centric care, UT Southwestern has created a new landmark for North Texas.” advantage of natural light, soothing colors and modern materials are just one aspect of what makes this hospital an emblem of clinical care. Creative thought went into eliminating the congestion and noise that typically characterizes hospital hallways with a “back-of-house” philosophy, well known to companies like Disney, that keeps supplies, meals, medications and bulky medical equipment to their own designated elevators and supply areas. Secured cabinets outside of patient rooms house supplies and medications needed for each patient, and builtin documentation areas outside of each room allow nurses to remain close to patients while keeping charts current via the electronic medical records system. Large screens and videoconferencing abilities in each room allow for connection to all necessary medical experts and their families and friends.  aring for Patients C Across the World “UT Southwestern, an institution founded by visionary community leaders, has benefited immeasurably from its North Texas location,” said Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D., president of UT Southwestern Medical Center. “The ongoing philanthropic support from the community, along with the many attractions of the region, has made it possible to attract premier medical and scientific talent and to build an expansive campus characterized by stateof-the-art laboratory and clinical facilities. “With six Nobel Laureates and with the opening last December of the William P. Clements Jr. Uni- 34 www.ntc-dfw.org FALL/WINTER 2015 versity Hospital, an academic medical center for its innovative design, integration of UT Southwestern’s research, education, and patient care missions, and commitment to providing patient-centric care, UT Southwestern has created a new landmark for North Texas.” Even if patients are not physically recovering within the walls of the new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, they can take advantage of the expertise offered there. A special hotline allows clinicians anywhere to access the Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, the only center in North Texas to receive certification from the Joint Commission, one of only two in the state of Texas, and the only dual-certified hospital system in the nation. This new level of certification recognizes the significant resources in infrastructure, staff and training that comprehensive stroke centers must have to provide state-of-the-art complex stroke care. As one of the nation’s top stroke treatment facilities, UT Southwestern treats more aneurysm cases than any other facility. Neurosurgeons throughout Texas and the region refer their most complex cases to UT Southwestern for the treatment of serious stroke, threatened stroke and arteriovenous malformations. Clinicians from across the U.S. tap into this deep experience when they need it most. “UT Southwestern is fortunate to have national leaders in every neuroscience specialty,” said Mark Goldberg, M.D., professor and chair, Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern. Earlier this year, UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center was named a Compre [