William P. Clements Jr

UT Southwestern Medical Center has unveiled its new hospital, which is scheduled to open on 6 December.

The new $800m, 12-floor, 460-bed hospital is located at 6201 Harry Hines Blvd at Mockingbird Lane in Dallas, and it will replace the 50 year old St Paul University Hospital.

The new hospital is named after former Texas Governor William Clements Jr, who made a $100m donation to UT Southwestern in 2009.

UT Southwestern president Daniel Podolsky said: "The William P Clements Jr University Hospital represents an enormously important step for the medical centre.

"The hospital is a vehicle for our physicians, nurses and staff to provide the best possible care and experience for patients by bringing together 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.

"Planning and building the hospital has been under way for the past five years. So dedicating this extraordinary new facility today is an exciting milestone for UT Southwestern."

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"Our patients will have access to the best care and most advanced treatments, including access to clinical trials that are exploring new therapies." 

In addition to the $100m donation by Governor Clements, more than $200m has been raised with support from donors for the new hospital. Funds for the project have been provided through the sale of bonds and revenues generated by UT Southwestern physicians, who provide clinical services to patients.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said: "This facility will meet a growing and important need for Dallas’ expanding population and the increasing demand for quality health care.

"It will help ensure that we remain at the forefront of the most advanced medical breakthroughs and patient care in the country."

Governor Clements’ daughter Nancy Seay said: "Our family is pleased that my father’s name will be associated with UT Southwestern in a hospital that will foster the spirit of discovery and the pursuit of excellence that he embodied throughout his life."

Several physicians, nurses, hospital staff, patients and community friends of UT Southwestern have participated in the design process of the hospital.

UT Southwestern University Hospitals vice-president and CEO John Warner said: "Every aspect of the hospital’s design is intended to support caregivers in providing exemplary patient care, integrated with research and training.

"This means that our patients will have access to the best care and most advanced treatments, including access to clinical trials that are exploring new therapies for their conditions."

The new hospital will have spacious individual rooms with large windows that let in abundant natural light, which improves patients’ healing and sense of well-being.

The hospital’s layout will allow deliveries of most supplies to bypass patient hallways, reducing the noise and foot traffic as well as the risk of infection.

It will also provide improved filtration in all areas of the hospital, offering fresher, cleaner air throughout the entire facility.

Image: William P Clements Jr University Hospital. Photo: courtesy of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.