UT Southwestern to build new university hospital on Harry Hines Boulevard
By JASON ROBERSON / The Dallas Morning News
The board of regents at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas approved plans today for a new university hospital to be located on Harry Hines Boulevard north of Record Crossing.
"Given the limitations of our current facility at University Hospital-St. Paul, we need a new replacement hospital as a base for being able to fully achieve our aspirations to provide world-class patient care in a comprehensive, state-of-the-art academic medical center," Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern Medical Center, said in an e-mail to employees.
The Dallas Morning News first learned of new hospital on Jan. 22 when Kirk Kirksey, UT Southwestern’s chief information officer, tipped off plans for the hospital while speaking on a panel in Addison sponsored by the Healthcare Management Information Systems Society.
UT Southwestern delayed confirming the plans for the hospital until employees were notified.
The planning process was launched in December. A dozen groups, including nurses, physician assistants, technicians and administrators, are now developing recommendations for the new hospital.
Podolsky said the hospital must "promote innovative patient care and integrate it with attention to the needs of students and trainees and support for clinical and translational research."
Recommendations related to hospital programming and schematic design will be presented in March. Architects will then develop more detailed plans.
A comprehensive proposal will be submitted to the board of regents for final approval in November.