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Baylor-St Luke’s Hospital Will Leave Historic Building, Construct New Campus By 2019

Baylor-St. Luke’s Medical Center will be located in a cluster of new buildings on the corner of Old Spanish Trail and Cambridge.


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Rendering of McNair Campus Facility

The leaders of Baylor-St. Luke's Medical Center have announced that all medical services will be moved out of the historic St. Luke's building in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, and into a new hospital campus to be built across from the Michel E. Debakey VA Medical Center.

Construction will begin in January.

The genesis of the move goes back two years, when CHI St. Luke's entered into a partnership with Baylor College of Medicine. The leaders of both institutions announced then they would expand services to the McNair campus, a plot of land on the corner of Old Spanish Trail and Cambridge.

But it was unclear then if CHI St. Luke's would keep the old hospital tower, built in 1954.

Dr. Paul Klotman, president of Baylor, said that a decision has been reached that it doesn't make sense to operate in two locations. The old building will be sold or demolished, or possibly repurposed for non-medical uses.

"The best move was to have a complete replacement facility. So that's really the big announcement," Klotman said.

Baylor already owned a medical building on the McNair campus, but that building will be finished and a new hospital tower added over the next few years. There will also be a separate building for doctor's offices.

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McNair Campus Sitemap

Klotman says the new hospital's design will help with traffic. Patients will enter through different doors, depending on why they are there.

"There will be a separate entrance for the Texas Heart Institute, so we will have a mini-cardiac hospital within the main hospital. There'll be a separate entrance for the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, and then the main entrance for the general hospital," he explained.

Upon discharge, patients will exit through yet another door, on a different level. The design mimics that of an airport, with separate levels for departures and arrivals, and different entrances for each airline.

"It's a pretty exciting, big, modern, forward-thinking new project," Klotman said.

Fifty hospital beds will be ready in the first tower later in 2016. Some patients could start undergoing outpatient surgeries there in 2016 as well.

After the second tower is built, the entire hospital will contain 650 beds, with a projected opening date of 2019.