A service expansion program will soon be underway at McLeod Regional Medical Center to respond to the issue of parking limitations, convenience and demands for easier access to the wide range of health care services offered to the region by McLeod Health.
Construction of a new parking deck is planned for the coming year. McLeod Parking Deck East breaks ground in January, 2010 and is set for completion by mid-summer. The location of this three-story parking facility, which will provide approximately 350 parking spaces for patients and visitors, will face Cheves Street, between the McLeod Pavilion Tower and McLeod Tower.
Response to Patient Needs
While McLeod’s patient satisfaction survey scores remain above the national average, parking has been identified as an issue for patients and visitors.
“We are pleased to respond to the issues of ease of entry to patient care areas with this new parking. To better serve our patients and visitors, the parking improvement will provider quicker access to patient care destinations and entrances,” stated Marie Segars, Administrator of McLeod Regional Medical Center.
No Disruption in Services During Construction
Current parking in this area will be redirected during the seven-month construction period. There will be minimal disruption to patients and visitors and the availability of valet parkers will be increased for the convenience of McLeod guests at both the McLeod Tower and McLeod Pavilion.
Funding Plans and Lowest Construction Costs at This Time
McLeod is applying for a Federal Transportation Authority grant to help fund this construction. The funding of this approximately $ 3.5 million project, anticipated and prepared for during the last five years, is financed from reserves and savings, not current operational budgets.
We are investing in the physical plant now, meeting the need for patient parking, during a period of time when construction costs are much lower because of the recession.
Additionally, the new patient parking has been designed to protect trees and setbacks on the McLeod property.
The new patient parking will be a safe design, offer ease of use and navigation for patients and visitors, as well as durability and low maintenance.
Protective fencing for the construction will begin to go up during December, following the McLeod Hospice Tree Lighting festivities.
More Growth Anticipated in the Future
It is expected that patient and visitor traffic will continue to increase, and as one of the four anchor medical systems in the state, McLeod continues to be blessed with an outstanding staff and dedicated patients. Health care decision makers continue to seek our services and to make McLeod their choice for medical excellence.
I want to thank you all for your part in the continued growth and development of McLeod Health.