The New Jennie Sealy Hospital

The following areas relocated from John Sealy Hospital to the new Jennie Sealy Hospital on April 9, 2016:
  • Acute Care for the Elders
  • Cardiology & Vascular
  • Surgery
  • Family Medicine
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Medicine
  • MICU/SICU
  • Neurology ICU
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedics/Trauma
  • SICU
  • Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery

The Blocker Burn Unit, Mother & Baby and Labor & Delivery Units will remain in John Sealy Hospital.

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View from Jennie SealyThe new Jennie Sealy Hospital reinforces the commitment of UTMB Health to provide the best possible care for our patients and the best environment for our physicians and nurses to care for patients in a setting that nurtures and enriches the learning experience for all of our students.

The $438 million facility features 310 patient rooms, including 60 dedicated ICU beds, a 28-bed day surgery unit and 20 state-of-the-art operating suites (see Jennie Sealy Facts Sheet for more details). It also connects to UTMB's the new Clinical Services Wing, which contains the pharmacy, laboratory space, support services (environmental services, materials management, linen) and a kitchen and faculty/staff dining area. Construction of the new hospital will also provide the necessary clinical capacity needed so that Phase II of the John Sealy Hospital  Modernization can begin.

"The Jennie Sealy Hospital will be a tremendous asset for the people of Texas, our health care professionals and the generations of students who will learn in an environment that represents the best of the art and science of medicine." — Dr. Kenneth Shine, former Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at UT System.

The new Jennie Sealy Hospital opened in April 2016, and was built on the site of the former Jennie Sealy and old Shriner’s buildings. The new hospital is being paid for by $150 million in Tuition Revenue Bonds approved by the state Legislature, $18 million in UTMB funds and $270 million in philanthropy, which includes $170 million from The Sealy & Smith Foundation.

Jennie Sealy Hospital Construction Time Lapse

Hospital for the Future:

A Mission-Critical Facility:

  • Creates inpatient capacity to support clinical strategic plan and training programs
  • Creates consistent patient care experience across all UTMB clinical facilities
  • Provides ORs with space/flexibility to accommodate latest technology and procedures
  • Supports UTMB’s evolving healing environment
  • Supports all-important education and research missions
  • Creates flexibility for the future
  • Best positions UTMB for reimbursement changes associated with health reform
  • Addresses critical tertiary/quaternary care needs
  • Attracts health care consumers with choice in the market
  • Complements growing ambulatory care network for a fully integrated health care delivery system
  • Matches the caliber of the faculty, staff and students we must recruit and retain
  • Affords flexibility to support innovations in health care delivery
  • Provides contemporary facilities for health sciences education and research

Designing Patient Rooms for the Hospital of Tomorrow

Patient RoomDesigning patient rooms for the hospital of tomorrow is a multidisciplinary process and should be, above all, a patient-centered activity, approaching the design from the perspective of the patient and their family members.

The process must incorporate safety-driven design principles and input should be collected at all phases from a wide variety of persons, including clinicians, patients and community members. Thinking about workflows and keeping an eye on technology trends so that we are still working "smart" well into the future are also of great importance.

In addition to holding technology "visioning" sessions, UTMB's core design team identified 12 primary evidence-based design strategies for the new Jennie Sealy Hospital based on patient-centered criteria known to improve quality, safety and efficiency (see figure 1). These strategies emphasize a family-centered healing environment that includes amenities shown to promote healing, such as views to outside scenery and natural lighting.

Figure 1: Twelve Evidence-Based Design Strategies for the New Jennie Sealy Hospital

The rooms in the new Jennie Sealy Hospital are designed to accommodate a single patient. In addition to increased privacy, this strategy has also been shown to reduce stress, decrease noise volumes, increase patient satisfaction, reduce infections and improve outcomes.

All 192 non-ICU patient rooms in the new hospital are also acuity-adaptable, which means the rooms can be used for acute care up to critical care and all care levels in between. This will help reduce patient handoffs, transfers and errors; contribute to fewer staff injuries due to fewer transfers; eliminate delays and waits for treatments and results; and contribute to a decreased length of stay. Also, because there is less cleaning due to fewer transfers, operational efficiency is also improved.

Figure 2: Patient Room ZonesRooms in the new hospital are also configured to provide separate zones for family, patients and staff (see figure 2). A designated family zone promotes family involvement in the patient's care and a feeling of connection to the clinicians and a sense of well-being. The zone also provides amenities for overnight stay, such as a daybed, lockable areas and a small refrigerator.

Throughout the hospital design process, multidisciplinary teams worked to identify and ensure workflows will increase safety and efficiency for patients and staff, and that core support functions are centrally located in the unit to minimize travel distances for staff. It is important that the caregiver have immediate access to the patient at entry and that hand hygiene dispensers are strategically placed. Opportunities for decentralized workstations, patient supplies and medications have also been topics of priority. Finally, the rooms are designed with options for maximized visibility from nursing stations.

Designing the new Jennie Sealy Hospital was a process that will continue well beyond the completion and occupation of the new facility. It requires a constant focus on safety by hospital leadership, physicians and staff and will be accomplished only through a continuous cycle of evaluation and improvement of the facility, equipment, technology and processes.

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