Replacing the 51-year-old St. Paul University Hospital, the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital opened on December 6, 2014. The hospital was designed to enhance the learning experience of trainees while providing the patients with a welcoming, comfortable ambiance.
The 460 single-patient rooms have the latest in-room technological features and video conferencing capabilities. Nursing alcoves outside each patient’s room enable caregivers to monitor patients through specially designed privacy windows.
The hospital also has conference rooms on each floor and special “touch down” areas for smaller groups of faculty, fellows, residents, and students to confer.
Located on the UT Southwestern campus, the 1.3 million-square-foot Clements University Hospital is home to cardiology, emergency medicine, general internal medicine and subspecialties, general surgery, vascular surgery, oncologic surgery as well as hematologic malignancies, obstetrics and gynecology, and orthopaedics.
It also houses all of the solid organ transplant programs, as well as a Level III neonatal intensive care unit which is operated in collaboration with Children’s Health℠ Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Its 24 surgical suites have state-of-the-art equipment and video conferencing to facilitate intra-surgical discussions among surgeons, pathologists, and other care givers.
Almost all of the private surgery performed by UTSW Ob/Gyn faculty members is done here, including FPMRS, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and Benign Gynecology. The UT Southwestern Outpatient Building provides state-of-the-art technology for ambulatory surgery cases.
Parkland Health & Hospital System – Parkland Memorial Hospital was founded in 1894 and is operated by the Dallas County Hospital District. It is the major teaching unit of the Medical School. The 937-bed hospital is dedicated to providing care for all residents of Dallas County, regardless of ability to pay, and provides a full spectrum of clinical services ranging from outpatient clinics to an extremely active emergency service.
Parkland provides an abundance of clinical situations for teaching purposes with approximately 400,000 patient visits per year. Parkland is the main provider of care to underserved minorities where 50 percent of patients are African American, 40 percent are Hispanic, and 10 percent are Caucasian. Surgical cases are performed in the main operating room on the Parkland campus.
On August 20, 2015, Dallas County opened a new 2.1 million-square-foot hospital located in a park-like campus on the northeast corner of Harry Hines Boulevard and Medical District Drive, just across the street from the old hospital. Parkland Memorial Hospital has 862 single-patient rooms with an abundance of natural light. Each zone-designed room includes a vision panel that looks into the hallway visually “connecting” the patient with caregivers.
With patient safety and best patient outcomes in mind, every aspect of the hospital’s operation is controlled by a system of integrated digital technology. The new hospital has been designed to enable adaptation to future medical needs and facilitate the training requirements for medical students, residents, and fellows. It has 24 surgical suites, two endoscopy suites, and 83 adult intensive care rooms as well as a 96-bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit. A library named in honor of Ob/Gyn Chairman Emeritus Jack A. Pritchard, M.D., offers a quiet place for trainees to relax and study.
Across Medical Center Drive from the hospital, the Simmons Ambulatory Surgery Center offers state-of-the-art technology for ambulatory surgical cases.
Outpatient Building is an outpatient facility where UT Southwestern faculty members see patients and perform day surgery. This seven-floor clinical center also includes full laboratory and radiology services. Drs. Schaffer, Corton, Florian-Rodriguez, and Rahn see UT Southwestern University Hospital and Clinic patients at the Outpatient Building along with the FPMRS fellows. The facility is dedicated to ambulatory care services and is near Clements University Hospital.
Anatomy Lab is an ongoing course since 2002 in pelvic anatomy and laparoscopic surgery with fresh cadaver dissection under the direction of Marlene Corton, M.D. It is part of the educational curriculum in gynecologic surgery at the UT Southwestern Ob/Gyn Residency Program. The course was incorporated within the Urogynecology resident block rotation and involves residents and FPMRS fellows.
Course implementation and successful maintenance has largely depended on resident, fellow, and faculty commitment, motivation, and available resources and support. Clinical fellows spend each Tuesday afternoon in the lab dissecting and teaching residents. Significant research opportunities for fellows exist within the anatomy lab.
The Simulation Center is located on the UT Southwestern campus. It is a comprehensive educational, clinical, and research facility that is dedicated to advancing minimally invasive surgery. Opportunities are available for fellows with an interest in obtaining these skills.