Tour of new Dell Seton Medical Center at UT

The new teaching hospital, Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, opens in five months. Wednesday FOX 7 got a sneak peek at what the final product will look like once it opens to patients May 21st.

It is what doctors call the hospital of the future. Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas
will serve as the training grounds for students at the newly-opened Dell Medical School. It was built to be patient-centered. The public will access the building in one centralized space.

"They already have a loved one here, they're upset, we don't want them to be confused by the building,” said project manager David Schackelford.

To further assist in lessoning confusion, guests can use digital wayfinding on their cell phones to navigate the building.
               
The hospital features views of a garden in front and Waller Creek along the back. Project manager David Shackelford says green space, as learned from dell children's hospital, promotes healing.

"You have decreased length of stay per patients and an increased associate satisfaction and retention,” said Shackelford.

Several floors up is the wing where the operating rooms are located. All are much larger than those at University Medical Center Brackenridge Hospital. Surgeons can control power features with voice command. Cameras are mounted in the lights offering medical students the chance to view the surgery in the classroom as it happens.

"In addition, a difference from Brackenridge is we have the opportunity to put everything in the ceiling as you see which means all of the medical gases and the lights and the equipment booms and monitors will all be in this space and can be shifted and moved around the patient instead of being on the sidewalls which takes more time to access,” said Shackelford.

We got a look at the recovery rooms next. This particular room is in the intensive care unit, but as Shackelford explains the space is no different from rooms serving patients who are less critical.
               
This allows for nurses and doctors to spend more time with their patients instead of searching for what they need as they go from room to room.

"The med gasses are in the same places, the sharps container, the sinks. Every aspect of this room is standardized,” said Shackelford.

ICU patients can remain in their room throughout the healing process. No one will be moved.
               
Thomas Caven, who will serve as the chief medical officer at the new teaching hospital, says the partnership will equate to one thing-- a steady supply of some of the best-trained young physicians in the country.

"In an area that's growing as fast as Central Texas the health manpower needs are increasing very fast. We have two choices. We can recruit people from the outside or we can train our own here. The advantage is you get to observe them working with them closely. You need to find the best of the best,” said Caven.

Patients will be transferred from Brackenridge to the new hospital by ambulance on May 21st. The psychiatric emergency department will continue to function at Brackenridge until a new location for those patients is found.

The future of the building itself is unknown at this time.

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