Thursday, 03 November 2011 13:03

More parking available at Lethbridge Reg. Hospital

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By Jamie Woodford
Parking woes at Chinook Regional Hospital should be alleviated with the official opening of the new $30-million parkade Oct. 18, doubling the number of stalls at the facility.

The four-level parkade offers 810 parking spaces, about 400 more than the previous surface lot.

In addition, the City of Lethbridge has made 203 perimeter parking stalls available.

“(The) stalls are open and staff are parking, it’s open to the public today. It’s a huge celebration for us,” said Teri Myhre, vice-president of acute care (west) for Alberta Health Services (AHS).

“As of today, we have 633 staff that have bought permits to park in the parkade.”

She noted a previous plan to shuttle staff from the Enmax Centre didn’t go over as well as they’d hoped.

“Unfortunately, many of the staff did park in the neighbourhoods and did walk in, so we’re really happy for the neighbourhood community today that we’ll be able to repatriate back staff on site.”

The parkade was a necessary step before the hospital could begin its $112-million overhaul, which is expected to get underway this fall with a goal to be completed by the fall of 2014.

“We’re already in planning for our next phase of our capital project,” Myhre said. “We’re actually going to be starting this fall with the demolition of our day procedures area and the renovation into that area.”

Elevators in the parkade are currently being installed. They are scheduled to be operational in December.

People with mobility issues will be able to park on the main level of the parkade or in designated spaces on the surface parking lot.

The parkade also featured a rooftop helipad to support STARS and will be operational once the elevators are completed.

Permits are available for purchase in the hospital’s parking office.

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