CBS 11 Header TXA 21 Header MeTV Header KRLD Header The Fan Header

Local

A Look Inside New State-Of-The-Art Parkland Hospital

View Comments

CBS DFW (con't)

Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSDFW.com/ACA

Health News & Information: CBSDFW.com/Health

From Our CBS Music Web Sites

kluvs super 70s weekend voting 1979 dl A Look Inside New State Of The Art Parkland Hospital Pick The Best Song From 1979

115245513 8 A Look Inside New State Of The Art Parkland Hospital Crush Of The Day: Mila Kunis

80219448 A Look Inside New State Of The Art Parkland Hospital Viral Video: Hilarious Southwest Safety Announcement

155742164 A Look Inside New State Of The Art Parkland Hospital Pick Your Favorite Victoria Secret Model

Featured Items

Fantasy_tileHottest Olympians

pet_tileYour Pet Photos

weather_tileSend Us Your Weather Photos

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The new Parkland Hospital rises 17 stories above the center of Dallas’ Medical District. Dallas county voters overwhelmingly approved the new county hospital, which came with a $1.2 billion price tag. But the price is worth it, according to supporters of the new hospital.

“We want to become the hospital of choice — not the hospital of last resort, which is sort of the reputation that Parkland has,” said Senior Vice President Lou Saksen, who was tasked with building the new Parkland. The hospital will rival any facility in the nation, according to Saksen. He acknowledges the hospital’s past quality failures and insists that the new building is a big part of the solution.

The emergency room is more than quadruple the size of the old one. Ten trauma examining rooms are private and fully equipped.

“They have all of the capabilities of any of the operating rooms,” said Saksen. “They have radiology, the emergency department has it’s own CT scanner.”

The most critically injured patients will land by CareFlite on the helipad and from here, it’s 32 seconds to the treatment room. Trauma care will commence en route on a custom designed elevator called “The Megavator.”

A look inside the new state-of-the-art facilities of Parkland Hospital. (credit: CBS 11 News)

A look inside the new state-of-the-art facilities of Parkland Hospital. (credit: CBS 11 News)

All 865 patient rooms are spacious, private and equipped with private baths and queen-sized sleeper sofas for family. The rooms are identical to help reduce errors and nurse viewing stations are situated between every two rooms.

“The incredible increase in patient care, patient safety that this building is going to make possible is just astounding,” said Saksen.

“All the phones in the hospital have cameras and screens so if I call you up in another dept I can see you and you can see me while we are talking to each other. It is incredible,” said Saksen.

Patients will move into the new facility in May of 2015.

(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Latest News:

Top Trending:

View Comments