Q&A: Parking

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This is the first in a series of posts that will provide answers to the questions you asked during the Employee Meetings and prior to the meetings in this post on The Pulse.
Parking
As the map shows, the River Street Lot and the Elks Lot are completely open to employees on a first-come, first-served basis.  There are no longer any assigned spaces in these lots.  Both levels of the main parking deck have four single rows starting at Second Street and going north, as well as the single row facing Crawford Avenue, and some partial rows near Dixon Avenue open to employees.
Second and Third shift employees may park in any spot, but should use common sense when choosing a parking spot.  Remember that patients and their families feel rushed, stressed, and sick when they come to the hospital and we should never make them hunt for a parking spot or walk a distance for an opening.  If it becomes a problem for patients and visitors to find an open spot close to the doors, or if volumes increase on second and third shifts, we may reassess the policy.
Plant Operations staff are working hard to clear snow and ice from the parking areas.  We all know that winter in Northern Illinois is hard-to-predict and can be very harsh.  We’ll do our best to stay ahead of the weather, but sometimes that’s just not possible.  Please remember to be very careful when walking in the parking lots, and use railings whenever possible.
Employees at Town Square Centre may park on the top of the parking deck in the area behind City Hall, and below the parking deck in the two back rows at the southernmost part of the deck.

Employees at the Amboy, Ashton, Polo, Oregon and Edwards Clinics do not have specifically designated parking areas, but should park at the edges of the parking lot, leaving the better spots for patients.  Clinic employees should direct questions on parking to supervisors, but keep in mind that a few extra steps to employees’ cars helps save patients a few steps when they’re not feeling well.

8 Comments on “Q&A: Parking”

  1. Thank you for the clarification, especially at TSC. One other issue is when a vehicle is parked over the yellow line into another parking space. This happens often on the upper deck of the parking lot at the main hospital. It does not take much time to reposition your vehicle to make sure you are within one parking space.

  2. I liked the suggestion that was previously made regarding painting the lines of the employee parking spaces a different color. Another similar suggestion would be to paint an "E" in the center of the spots designated for employees only. This would help employees and patients/visitors better determine where it is ok for each to park.

  3. It was mentioned at our annual meeting that 2nd & 3rd shift employees may park anywhere as long as they use their 'common sense'. I feel the only restricted area of parking should be down in the lower level parking garage for our ER patients/visitors. The first 2, maybe 3 rows should ONLY be for them at all times. There has been some mention of painting stalls different colors & I think painting those particular stalls would be of importance. Because sometimes common sense eludes the best of us 😉

  4. I learned recently that some KSB employees continue to violate parking rules; even following the recent hospital-wide meetings where Darryl provided a detailed picture and explanation of employee parking. This behavior is just wrong. We owe our patients, visitors, and families safe access to KSB. Stealing that parking space takes away from those we are supposed to be serving.

  5. Maybe handing out parking tickets is what needs to be done? I don't feel that painting parking stalls or placing an 'E' in them should be necessary because it's been specifically stated where we're allowed to park – period. And why waste money and time doing so. Whether it's a slip in common sense or an opportunity to take advantage, it's still a violation.

  6. On the contrary, I don't think that the parking rules have been clearly stated for the 3-11 and 11-7 shifts. Did the parking rules that Darryl talked about in the meetings apply to everyone or just to day shift? Can we have a clarification on this?

  7. In order to clarify the second and third shift parking policy, we've added the following paragraph to the story above.
    "Second and Third shift employees may park in any spot, but should use common sense when choosing a parking spot. Remember that patients and their families feel rushed, stressed, and sick when they come to the hospital and we should never make them hunt for a parking spot or walk a distance for an opening. If it becomes a problem for patients and visitors to find an open spot close to the doors, or if volumes increase on second and third shifts, we may reassess the policy."

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