Covering more than 1,000 acres just northwest of downtown Dallas, the Southwestern Medical District is a dynamic and growing medical district with extensive medical-related facilities as well as research, higher education, and clinical institutions.
Parkland Memorial Hospital was the first facility to open in the District in 1954, and soon thereafter began its partnership with UT Southwestern Medical Center, located across the street on Harry Hines Boulevard. St. Paul University Hospital opened in 1963. A standalone children’s hospital opened in Dallas in 1954. Children’s Medical Center of Dallas moved to the Medical District near UT Southwestern in 1961 with a formal dedication in 1967. Zale Lipshy University Hospital welcomed its first patients in 1989. In late 2014, William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital opened, at which time St. Paul University Hospital closed. UT Southwestern faculty have been caring for patients at Parkland and Children’s Health for decades, providing diagnosis and treatment for virtually every type of condition or disease.
The District Continues to Grow
A new Parkland hospital opened in the summer of 2015 on land directly across from the former structure. The new Parkland campus includes an 882-bed acute care hospital and an outpatient center.
In 2018, UT Southwestern opened West Campus Building 3 with nine floors of outpatient clinical care, along with a sophisticated Simulation Center for training faculty, students, residents, and fellows.
The 12-floor Clements University Hospital has also added to the district’s skyline. In late 2020, UT Southwestern completed a three-year expansion of the hospital, broadening opportunities to integrate research and education with clinical care. The new third tower includes specialty units for acute stroke care, epilepsy monitoring, and specialized psychiatric services.
In 2021, UT Southwestern concluded an expansion of the East Campus Radiation Oncology Building. This building is part of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and serves as an outpatient clinic for Clements University Hospital. More than 130,000 square feet house the sophisticated treatment machines and image-guided therapy to treat an array of cancers.
There will be even more opportunities to seek expertise in brain and cancer care in fall 2022 when UT Southwestern opens two towers comprising new clinical space and research offices for both the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute and Simmons Cancer Center.
1,582,365Visits to Clinics & ER
558,830Visits to Clinics & ER
104,078Visits to Clinics & ER
2,245,273Visits to Clinics & ER
3,791Students, Residents, and Fellows
3,791Students, Residents, and Fellows
The numbers listed in the above chart are numbers reflecting the Medical District and not the whole system for each institution.
UT Southwestern Medical Center
UT Southwestern ranks among the world’s top academic medical centers for quality, safety, and service. Its physicians provide the highest-quality care at hospitals and clinics throughout the Medical District and beyond, with health care often based on research conducted in UT Southwestern laboratories. The faculty is respected for its biomedical research advances and dedication to teaching and training.
UT Southwestern physicians provide compassionate, multidisciplinary, patient-centered medical care for a wide variety of specialties, including cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, cancer, heart and lung transplantation, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, obstetrics and gynecology, urology, breast surgery, vascular surgery, pediatrics, infectious diseases, and much more. Many of these specialties rank among the top 25 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals report.
Distinguished faculty members in both clinical and research sciences – including six Nobel Prize winners since 1985, along with 26 current members of the National Academy of Sciences, 17 members of the National Academy of Medicine, and 14 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators – guide the best and brightest students who come to UT Southwestern to learn and discover. The Medical School and School of Health Professions train future health care professionals, while the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences educates the next generation of biomedical investigators. The newest school for UT Southwestern – the Peter O’Donnell Jr. School of Public Health – will welcome its first students in 2023.
Additionally, the Texas Instruments Biomedical Engineering and Sciences Building – scheduled for completion in 2023 – is a unique partnership between UT Southwestern and UT Dallas that will leverage the two institutions’ traditional strengths in biomedical and engineering sciences and accelerate the translation of these advances into the clinic. Research provides the foundation on which preeminent medical education and patient care are built.
At UT Southwestern, research into basic life processes and specific diseases go hand in hand. Investigations into cancer, neuroscience, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, diabetes, and many other fields keep UT Southwestern at the forefront of biomedical research, driving the discoveries that lead to new ways to prevent and treat disease.
UT Southwestern Health System
UT Southwestern Medical Center operates William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, which includes Zale Lipshy Pavilion. The 790-bed Clements University Hospital has earned distinction as the No. 1 hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth for six consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report and is among the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for patient satisfaction as ranked by Press Ganey.
Services offered at the Hospital include cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, heart and lung transplantation, obstetrics and gynecology, and vascular surgery. Clements University Hospital also provides diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases, including neurovascular diseases, stroke, and Parkinson’s, as well as neurologic malignancies through its O’Donnell Brain Institute.
In 2021, UT Southwestern was once again recognized for its nursing excellence and redesignated as a Magnet organization by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which conducts surveys every four years.
Parkland Health includes Parkland Memorial Hospital, community-oriented primary care health centers, Parkland Community Health Plan Inc., and the Parkland Foundation, as well as many other clinics and community education and prevention programs. The 882-bed Parkland Hospital is the primary adult teaching institution of UT Southwestern, and UT Southwestern’s distinguished faculty physicians are responsible for caring for the hospital’s patients.
More than 40% of the doctors practicing in Dallas received some or all of their training at Parkland. For more than 125 years, Parkland has cared for anyone in need, employing important principles of public health such as early intervention, affordable access, primary care, and preventive medicine. As the county’s only public hospital, Parkland ensures that health care is available to all county residents.
Private physicians refer patients to many of Parkland’s centers of excellence, including specialty care for stroke, epilepsy, women’s and infant services, and spinal cord injuries. Its level 1 Rees-Jones Trauma Center and Burn Center are internationally recognized.
Established in 1962, the regional Burn Center pioneered skin graft techniques, infection control, and nutritional support for burn patients. It is the first burn center in North Texas verified by the American Burn Association.
Parkland’s level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit offers highly specialized services for infants.
Parkland’s network of 14 community-based health centers, 5 school-based youth and family centers, and a homeless medical service, as well as many other prevention and education programs, provide primary care and education to reduce illness and death rates from preventable diseases in Dallas County.
Children’s Health™ is the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas and one of the largest pediatric health care providers in the nation, offering more than 50 pediatric specialty and subspecialty programs.
The mission of Children’s Health is to make life better for children. With more than 100 years of experience caring for the children of North Texas, Children’s Health is devoted to caring for the medical needs of children from birth to adulthood in the North Texas area and beyond. The Medical District campus is anchored by Children’s Health’s flagship hospital, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, and flagship outpatient facility, Children’s Health Specialty Center Dallas. Beyond the District is a growing network for pediatric care, including an additional full-service hospital, an inpatient specialty hospital, and multiple specialty centers.
Children’s Medical Center Dallas, a 490-bed hospital, houses the only pediatric level 1 Trauma Center in the area; a 47-bed, level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; a state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; and the only pediatric heart transplant program in North Texas, among many other specialized care capabilities.
Children’s Health has consistently been named among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, has three disease-specific care certifications granted by The Joint Commission, and is recognized as a Top Children’s Hospital for excellence in quality and patient safety.
In addition, Children’s Health is UT Southwestern’s official pediatric teaching hospital and the only pediatric academic medical center in North Texas.
Adjacent to Children’s Medical Center Dallas is Children’s Health Specialty Center Dallas, which offers a wide range of specialty services in one convenient location. Children’s Health Specialty Center is also home to the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence, the only integrated foster care program of its kind in North Texas and one of few clinics nationwide focused on serving this population.
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