The William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, a new $800 million dollar UT Southwestern Medical Center hospital, opened its doors last Saturday. Two hundred patients were successfully transferred to the new facilities from St. Paul University Hospital.
The hospital is named after the late Texas Governor William P. Clements Jr. who donated $100 million in funding to the project, crucial for building the state-of-the-art medical facility. UT Southwestern faculty members, physicians, nurses, and staff all participated in the move to the new hospital, which features 12 floors, 460 beds and 40 emergency rooms among many other next-generation features. Twenty ambulances helped to safely transport all of the patients, and the transfer was completed less than 10 hours after it began.
Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D., the UT Southwestern President, said in a press release: “The William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital is a nationally distinctive facility, innovatively designed to allow our physicians, nurses, and staff to provide the best possible care and experience for patients by seamlessly integrating our three-part mission: excellence in patient care, the education and training of current and future caregivers, and research that improves the care and health of people everywhere. We are grateful for the contributions made by so many at UT Southwestern and in the community to make this day a reality.”
The successful transition from St. Paul University Hospital is an important achievement for all of the employees and supporters that worked there for decades and that helped in the transition. It was a long, thoroughly outlined, and hard-working operation.
Becky McCulley from UT Southwestern University Hospitals said in a press release: “We will always have a special place in our hearts for St. Paul. The smooth transition today was the result of countless hours of planning by our hospital team. Their devotion and commitment to this endeavor reflects the depth of our commitment to our patients and their families, and is only the beginning of things to come.”
The Chief Nursing Officer, Susan Hernandez, emphasized that the new hospital was designed and built in a W shape to provide shorter hallways so nurses can reach patients more quickly. “Nurse alcoves and patient supplies located immediately outside of patient rooms allow our nurses to spend less time traveling the unit and more time caring for patients. Nurses and patients thrive when they can develop relationships at the point-of-care. Healing is impacted by many factors. Windows with shades that can be opened and closed from the alcoves enable our nurses to check on patients without disturbing them, promoting rest and recovery.”
Dr. Bruce Meyer explained that the hospital will improve patient care by giving them access to the most advanced treatments, trials, and new therapies. “Our commitment is to treat the whole person, not just their illness,” he said.
Finally, Clements University Hospital also complements its healthcare mission with education and research; it has more than 35,000 square feet of space dedicated to both. “As one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, UT Southwestern goes beyond just offering the latest treatments,” Dr. Podolsky said. “Our overarching mission is to advance the field of medicine. UT Southwestern has an exceptional history of medical breakthroughs and includes six Nobel Prize recipients among our outstanding faculty. With the new Clements University Hospital, we are even better positioned to continue that legacy and ensure that critical research translates to the bedside to help patients.”