KNOXVILLE (WATE) – In a partnership with the UT Medical Center and the Pat Summitt Foundation, the Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic is set for a soft open in December. Project managers say the soft open will allow administrative and medical staff to build an office structure that will best help patients.
“We’re going to have neurologists, nurse practitioners, neurosociologists, social workers and other people that provide support not only to the patients, but also to the families who are also affected,” said Dr. Roberto Fernandez, medical director of the Pat Summitt Clinic.
The clinic will focus on research and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and its related dementias.
“Pat wanted to make sure anything she did made a big difference and she wanted to start here at home,” said Patrick Wade, executive director of the Pat Summitt Foundation.
The design of the clinic is focused on patients and their families. The lobby focus point will be a large fish tank that, Daryl Johnson President of Johnson Architecture said is part of the calming nature he hopes visitors might feel when they are at the clinic.
“There are numerous graphic opportunities that will allow us to put pictures of Pat and other things that create a calming environment and a sense of reference for the patients,” Johnson said.
The clinic will allow the UT Medical Center to double the number of family currently served, from 3,000 to 6,000 with the help of this space. All grants to the Pat Summitt Foundation go directly to the clinic.