Baylor St. Luke’s

Baylor St. Luke’s unveils design
for first-of-its-kind medical campus

Convergence of translational research, world-renowned cardiovascular care, and leading-edge treatments enhance healthcare delivery

CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Baylor St. Luke’s) has unveiled the design for its US$1.1 billion medical campus featuring one of the country’s top medical schools, a world-renowned cardiovascular research institute, and a nationally recognized care hospital that cares for the most complex cases.

The 27.5-acre McNair Campus will become home to the collaboration between Baylor College of Medicine and Catholic Health Initiatives, and will also be the future site of the Texas Heart Institute (THI). The campus will feature a $916.8 million, 650-bed hospital built across two bed towers, a medical office building and ambulatory care complex, and new facilities for basic science and translational research. Expected completion of hospital construction is early 2019. All clinical services currently provided at the Texas Medical Center location of Baylor St. Luke’s will be moved to the new campus.

“Physicians and scientists will work together on one integrated campus that creates a state-of-the-art infrastructure for advanced patient care, basic and translational science, and education. This establishes a unique and best-in-class environment unlike any other institution in the Texas Medical Center,” said Wayne Keathley, President, Baylor St. Luke’s.

New standard of academic & medical excellence

Guiding principles of this project include exceeding current healthcare industry standards, from scientific research and education to the implementation of innovative treatment and care. “The relationship among Baylor College Medicine, Baylor St. Luke’s, and Texas Heart Institute represents an important collaboration in academic medicine with the opportunity of accelerating translational research to patient care,” said Paul Klotman, MD, President, CEO, and Executive Dean of Baylor College of Medicine.

The care environment at the McNair Campus is designed around the human experience – modeled on evidence-based practices for the safety of patients, visitors, staff, and physicians. The hospital’s operating room suites are influenced by Six Sigma and Lean principles, which follow a linear, logical, and efficient design. The patient can be moved directly from the waiting area to surgery and to a post- operative care unit to recover with their family members. The proximity of the pre- and post-operative care unit will allow surgeons and nurses to more effectively attend to all their patients.

In addition to the partnership between Baylor College of Medicine and Baylor St. Luke’s, Texas Heart Institute will also relocate to the McNair campus to a dedicated heart hospital within the new facility.

“Texas Heart Institute and Baylor St. Luke’s have shared a unique relationship for more than 50 years that now will continue into the next era of medicine,” said Denton A. Cooley, MD, THI Founder and President Emeritus. “With the move of Texas Heart Institute to the McNair Campus, we will continue our legacy of transforming the delivery of cardiovascular care through the creation of new technologies, medical devices, research, and education.”

James Willerson, MD, Texas Heart Institute President, Director of Cardiology Research, and Co-Director of the Cullen Cardiovascular Research Laboratories, went on to say, “This campus will be a place where THI physicians and scientists can work directly with Baylor College of Medicine physicians and scientists to ultimately eliminate heart and vascular disease as major threats to human life and well-being in our country and abroad. It also provides the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, with a heart hospital dedicated to that goal.”

“The combined team from Catholic Health Initiatives, Baylor St. Luke’s, Baylor College of Medicine, and Texas Heart® Institute shares a passion for making healthcare affordable and accessible while remaining at the forefront of medicine and research,” said Michael H. Covert, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, CHI St. Luke’s Health. “This new hospital is a testament to our commitment of ushering in a new era of healthcare. Together, we are committed to building an exceptional, innovative model for healthcare delivery that will serve our communities for generations to come.”

Tower One: Existing Facility

  • Earlier this year, a new state-of-the-art endoscopy suite and outpatient radiology services opened in the current McNair facility. The endoscopy suite features procedure rooms, which accommodate routine ambulatory procedures as well as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and bronchoscopy.
  • An ambulatory surgical suite (for procedures such as orthopedics, plastics, urology, and ENT) will be commissioned in March 2016.
  • The first stage of surgical specialty inpatient beds will be completed by September 2016.

Tower Two: New Construction

  • In mid-January, construction crews will begin utilities relocation and foundation preparation for the building of Tower 2, a 420-patient bed tower.
  • Excavation for the 26-foot deep foundation for Tower 2 is scheduled to begin February 2016.
  • Completion of the 650-bed replacement hospital, including Tower 2 and a Medical Office Building is slated for completion in early 2019.
  • Situated on the border of TMC, the location of the McNair Campus is anticipated to become a significant corridor for future healthcare services. The Campus provides easy access from locations inside and outside the TMC as well as convenient, accessible parking for patients, visitors, and staff.

For more information, contact CHI St Luke’s Health International Services at: or call +1 832 355 3350 or visit


Excellence in healthcare planningy

Excellence in healthcare is about having the right mix of services, perfectly executed so that they work together seamlessly, says Aladin Niazmand, Managing Director at TAHPI.

Few are capable of delivering what TAHPI can. Established in Australia more than 20 years ago, the multi-award winning group is recognized by the global medical industry for their exceptional healthcare planning and design as well as standards, guidelines and software.

Today, TAHPI’s international branch network spans major cities of the work, from Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong, to Shanghai, Singapore, and London. In the Middle East, the group maintains a presence in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Algeria.

“The first project that brought us to the UAE was winning the master-planning and needs analysis tender for Al Wasl Hospital, now known as Latifa Hospital. That was in 2008,” recalls Niazmand.

Since then, TAHPI has worked on the design of several projects in the country, including the 13-storey Bright Point Hospitals in Abu Dhabi, a private hospital for GMC, Majid Al Futtaim’s first medical centre in Deira City Centre, and Etihad Airways Medical Centre.

Healthcare strategies

In healthcare service planning, TAHPI was notably responsible for creating the Dubai Capacity Planning in partnership with the Dubai Health Authority. The strategy determined expected supply and demand for healthcare facilities and services in the emirates between 2013 and 2025.

“It’s a big time period and in every fiveyear interval, the strategy defines what clinical services are needed and provided sector by sector. We’re currently completing the Abu Dhabi Capacity Plan, together with the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi, extending until 2035.”

Hundreds of facilities are considered in these long-term projections. In Dubai, alone, there are 1,200 healthcare facilities including 26 hospitals, while Abu Dhabi has more than 900 facilities, including 51 hospitals.

Medical Cities

“Our work within the UAE is actually small compared to the work we do from the UAE for the region,” says Niazmand. “For example, we’re working on the Security Forces Medical City in Riyadh which will cover 1.2 million square metres as well as the King Abdullah Medical City in Bahrain. These are examples of the largest medical cities in the region”.

TAHPI initially faced challenges in getting their regional clients to understand the difference between healthcare services and real estate. “We cannot confuse the size of a seven-storey lobby with polished granite and equate that to excellence in healthcare – this is excellence in hotel construction. Many clients are now very wise and alert to the difference between both.

“In healthcare, excellence is about having the right mix of services, perfectly executed so that they work together seamlessly to deliver good outcomes; ensuring the patients’ journey through the system is smooth and predictable, and that they leave, feeling they’ve been well cared for.”

Knowledge transfer

As a hands-on professional currently responsible for the design of seven hospitals in four countries, Niazmand discovered that professionals in his field were lacking, not only in the UAE, but worldwide.

“One of the foundations we’re laying is the knowledge transfer for healthcare planning and design. The UAE has so far relied on fly-in fly-out consultants, which led to a lack of indigenous scientific knowledge that we want to pass on.”

After years of planning and preparation, Niazmand reveals that TAHPI will be starting certificate courses in healthcare planning and design from February 2015. These courses are designed for healthcare professionals and middle management in collaboration with the University of Wollongong Dubai, and will be held four times a year at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Centre in Dubai Healthcare City.

Looking ahead, Niazmand expresses his optimism for Dubai Expo 2020. “It’s going to be a magnificent showcase of Dubai’s healthcare, and we have to prepare it for this. When millions visit, they’re going to discover Dubai as a destination for medical tourism.”

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Date of upload: 22nd Mar 2016


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