Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Massive Hospital Project Incorporates Innovative Technologies

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Massive Hospital Project Incorporates Innovative Technologies

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Under construction since October 2010, Dallas' sprawling 2.5 million-square-foot Parkland Hospital complex is attracting national attention for its sheer size and number of technical innovations.

On a 60-acre site just north of the downtown hub, the 17-story, $1.3 billion public hospital will have 865 private rooms, 27 operating rooms and 96 individual neonatal intensive care rooms as well as 12 intensive care beds in the Parkland Burn Center. The health care project consumes enough drywall to cover 200 football fields.

With substantial completion scheduled for August and the opening slated for May 2015, the new facility replaces the nearby existing and outdated Parkland Hospital that was built in 1954. Various clinical and commercial uses for the existing facility are being considered.

"This is the single largest hospital construction in the country," says Walter Jones, senior vice president, facilities planning and development, Parkland Health & Hospital System. Linked to the metropolis via a new Dallas Area Rapid Transit light rail station, the totally wireless facility incorporates many cutting-edge clinical, operational and structural innovations.

For example, every high-tech, high-touch VoIP telephone has a camera and a screen. When a nurse answers a patient's call, the two will see and hear each other. By streamlining patient care and benefiting clinical efficiency that promote improved patient outcomes, the advanced communication system could also aid teaching and learning for medical students and faculty at the adjacent University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

"The chief medical officer wanted clinicians, students and other clinical professionals to be able to consult, see patients and watch operations in realtime without all being in the same place. …

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