Friday, March 30, 2018

Improving Parking on Our Campus

We've recently started communicating with the GBMC family about changes to our traffic flow and parking on our campus. We have begun to put gates on our garages and lots. In June, we will remove the gatehouse and install ticket dispensers and “tap and go” readers at six locations: Rose Lot (Visitors Only), Daffodil Garage, Iris Garage, Lily Garage, Tulip Garage, and South Chapman.

These changes are needed to make the entrance to our campus safer for vehicular traffic and to reduce delays when entering and exiting from our grounds during peak hours while also improving parking accessibility for our patients. Stacey McGreevy, our Vice President of Support Services, and her team have been working hard to make the transition as easy as possible for our people. As we implement this decentralized parking model, we are conducting periodic studies of our parking capacity to make changes in employee assignments. Our goal is to allow employees to park as close to their work site as possible with the caveat that capacity for patients and visitors is our number one priority. If there are changes to your parking assignment, employees will be notified in May.

All GBMC employees will receive an assigned home lot or garage and will be able to “tap and go” their badges to enter and exit our medical campus. Your GBMC ID badge will be automatically programmed to function at your assigned parking lot or garage’s reader and stickers will still be issued to monitor compliance at free parking areas such as the Bluebell and the Labor and Delivery parking lots, that will remain as patient-only parking. We will not be erecting parking gates at these lots as parking will be free for our patients. Any employees found parking in these lots will be towed. Employees who work at locations other than the GBMC Main Campus, such as Gilchrist employees and our primary care off-sites, will have open access to park in any garage due to the infrequency of visits to the campus.

Patients will use pay-on-foot stations, which will be installed at high-volume pedestrian locations or pay from their vehicle using cash or credit at garage gates. To ensure a smooth transition there will be attendants stationed at gates during the initial rollout. Patients and visitors will have four payment options:
1. Pay with cash or credit at a pay station, receive a ticket, and put the validated ticket in the ticket reader at the gate from their vehicle.
2. Pay with cash or credit at the gate pay station from their vehicle.
3. Pay the gate attendant with cash or credit.
4. Use a discounted or free parking ticket, if they received one, at any of the above payment location options.

Thank you for complying with our parking rules so that parking spaces are always available and accessible for our patients. All existing passes will be used during the transition. The booths will be staffed, and the existing passes will be accepted. Once existing passes have been exhausted, new passes will need to be purchased.

Doctors' Day
Today is National Doctors' Day across the United States. Because this year March 30th is a holiday in multiple religions, we are celebrating on Monday, April 2. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful medical staff, who work very hard and do marvelous things. Our physicians throughout the healthcare system make a tremendous difference in the lives of patients every day. I am glad that at least one day a year we reach out and thank physicians for all the things they do 365 days a year.

In honor of Doctors' Day and your physician, please share your thoughts and inspiring stories of patient care here… 

Happy Holiday
On a final note, the GBMC HealthCare family sends its best wishes to everyone celebrating Passover and Easter this Sunday.

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