The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic will be designed with the patients in mind.
The new clinic in Medical Building C at UT Medical Center will be a state-of-the-art facility for the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients.
Johnson Architecture worked with The Pat Summitt Foundation and the University of Tennessee Medical Center to come up with a design that will address the physical, social and mental functions of patients in all stages of Alzheimer’s.
The main entrance will be on the upper parking level to help with handicap accessibility. They will also clearly define the entry and waiting room to provide comfort upon arrival and reduce any confusing distractions for patients.
Even the colors inside will be designed to ease any discomfort for patients. The architects say seamless transitions of color and finishes will minimize sharp contrast and busy patterns, and custom lighting will provide the correct levels of light for patients. Exterior windows will also allow for natural light inside the clinic.
They have also planned multiple consultation rooms to "serve as collaborative spaces where medical staff, patients and families can devise plans for individualized treatment." Soundproofing will ensure privacy and minimize the distraction of external noise.
The waiting room will feature an aquarium for "a soothing visual and acoustic experience in the waiting room."
“The design and creation of the Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic is a crucial next step in accomplishing Pat’s mission in fighting this disease,” said Patrick Wade, director of The Pat Summitt Foundation. “We are excited to build a space where patients can find great comfort through excellent care and strategically planned design.”
Summitt, who coached of the Lady Vols for 38 seasons, was diagnosed with early onset dementia in 2011. She died June 28, 2016, at age 64. The clinic named for her will also feature inspirational images of the legendary coach to "document her bravery, strength and mission."
The clinic is scheduled to be finished in December 2016.