Most of a patient’s time in the hospital is spent in his or her room. Clements University Hospital was designed to give patients greater control over their environment. “They have control over lighting, room temperature, their window shades, TV, and, of course, the nurse call system. It’s all right there at their fingertips. They can even choose when they want their meals, and what they’d like to order,” says Susan Hernandez, Chief Nursing Officer, UT Southwestern. Large, flat-screen monitors in each room allow patients and caregivers to review charts and images such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs. Enhanced videoconferencing capability lets patients stay connected with their family and friends as well as their entire caregiving team. To make sure that care is never more than a few steps away, nursing alcoves are located right outside the door of every room. And family members haven’t been overlooked – custom, ergonomically designed sleeper sofas allow loved ones to comfortably stay overnight.