Gives Donors Preview of New Hospital Campus


As the Texas Medical Center grows to the south, Baylor St. Luke’s will stand as the gateway to the medical center.

-Jason Schroer, HKS Architects

St. Luke’s Foundation hosted an exclusive peek of the new McNair Campus for Guiding Stars donors, who donned hard hats to tour parts of the tower still under construction. Guests got to see and hear firsthand how the new Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and Texas Heart® Institute will seamlessly intertwine hospital, research and educational facilities on the McNair Campus.

Final plans for the 21-story, 650-bed capacity tower continue to evolve and currently include:

  • Entire floors containing pre-op, operating rooms and post-op areas all located near each other. This allows for efficient flow of medical services while keeping patients’ families close by without having to ride elevators
  • Commonly used facilities such as pharmacies and respiratory therapy in central locations throughout the hospital
  • Plenty of natural light, thanks to windows at the end of hallways
  • Dynamic and easily recognized landmarks to make it easier for patients and families to find their way around the campus.

Research indicates that the right design elements, can help in the healing process and shorten hospital stays, said Ralph Hawkins, lead architect for the McNair Campus project. Brighter lighting, rails along hospital room walls and ceiling lifts to help patients out of bed could help reduce falls by 20 percent in the hospital as well as reduce staff injuries, he added.

An expanded Emergency Department, with its own after-hours entry, a chapel as an anchor to the front of the hospital to show its emphasis on holistic health, additional attention on conference and educational areas, use of “universal beds” that can easily transition from hospital room beds to Intensive Care Units for flexibility and efficiency bring a level of excitement to the project – as well as an added level of care.

Construction is expected to be completed by 2019.

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