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.
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.