Garage walkway will close till 2010
June 15, 2009
As we enter the final phase of the Century Project construction, including work on the new lobby, the hospital's main floor will experience a bit more disruption. On Monday, June 22, the garage walkway will close. Employees, patients, and visitors will no longer be able to enter the building from the garage. Everyone will have to use Entrances 3, 4, 5, and 6 until the Century Project is complete in early 2010.
Closing the link between the hospital and the parking garage will create a parking challenge for patients and visitors. Most people will want to park in west lots D, E and F to get closer to open entrances. However, those lots are reserved for emergency patients, handicapped patients, and visitors to physician offices and outpatient services such as cardiology, radiology and laboratory. Physician office employees and patients and visitors staying a length of time should be directed to the garage.
Volunteers will be operating a shuttle service between the garage and hospital entrances. The van will operate from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and an additional shuttle will run from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm when the highest volume is anticipated.
In addition to the volunteers at Entrances 4 and 6, a volunteer desk will be set up opposite the Gunnison River Elevators on the main floor to help direct people at that major intersection.
Employees will be getting a little bit more exercise during this six- to seven-month closure. There will be no access into the hospital from Wellington Avenue. From parking lots on Wellington, employees will need to walk north on 7th Street to Entrance 6. When the addition is complete employees can use the beautiful new entrance at Wellington.
During the closure, it is important that departments discharge patients through Entrances 3 and 6. Incoming vehicle and patient traffic at Entrance 4, will create a traffic jam for patients being discharged.
These changes will require additional work and increased interaction with patients and visitors. The patience and dedication of staff and volunteers will be vital during this phase of construction.
Shuttle Service Stops:
-Entrance 3: for those pre-registering for services such as surgery,
endoscopy, cardiology, and OB, and visiting physician offices at 425 Patterson
-Entrance 4: for ED patients, those arriving for outpatient services
such as cardiology, lab, radiology, pulmonary, and those needing billing or financial counseling. All will be greeted and directed by volunteers.
-Entrance 5: for those going to the City Market Pharmacy or physician
offices at 425 Patterson
-Entrance 6: for those visiting patients, Administration, Employee
Health, Health Records, Security, Spiritual Care, or the Foundation. All will be greeted by volunteers inside Entrance 6.
-Entrance 9: for those going to the Saccomanno Education Annex