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Sneak peek into new UMSL Patient Care Center

Patient Care Center

The new UMSL Patient Care Center is expected to open at the start of the fall semester. (Photos by August Jennewein)


Step through the front doors into this welcome area, which features a circular window casting the sunlight in colorful rays and a signature decorative wall that will have the slits lit up with LED lights. At the far end, a play area will keep children entertained while they wait for their appointment.


Davis points out the overhead, high-intensity LED lighting incorporated into the design of this mock exam room.

“This solves the problems we have with those pesky, ugly, always-broken, never-illuminating lamps that are attached to the exam equipment,” he says, noting that the lamp currently there will be done away with entirely.

All exam rooms have been standardized and are 10 feet by 14 feet as compared to the exams rooms that vary and are at most 8 feet by 10 feet in College of Optometry’s current patient care facility.


This hallway reveals how long and large the interior of the new UMSL Patient Care Center feels.

“It looks deceptively small from the outside,” Davis says. “But really it’s quite a bit of space on the inside. We have 32 eye lanes and 10 primary care lanes.”

The current patient care facility sees about 3,000 visits a year. Davis says he expects a 50-percent increase in that with the new center.

If you’ve driven by the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus lately, it’s hard to miss the new UMSL Patient Care Center going up next to Natural Bridge Road.

“The community has been asking for this for a long time,” says College of Optometry Dean Larry Davis. “We want to be sure we care for our community. If we build it, they will come.”

The metal frame from the fall is now covered in red brick and sleek mirrored windows. But what’s happening on the inside? Davis gave UMSL Daily a sneak peek inside the center’s development.

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