|Getting a Ride to Work? Help Us Improve Safety for our Patients, Staff|
|Thursday, April 04 2013|
We saw the start of big physical changes at our medical center last autumn, as children's hospital construction readiness projects, like moving Patient Discharge, brought on a slew of relocations, closings, new bus routes and parking lot reassignments.
While the majority of staff has gracefully adapted to changes, a few are continuing to use the Thomas Jackson Drive loop of Strong Memorial Hospital for personal drop-offs and food deliveries. Simply put, vehicles that drop off or pick up staff in the main loop do not belong there; they pose serious safety hazards.
Convenient Drop-off Points
We want to remind staff that the designated employee pickup and drop-off point is the Kornberg Medical Research Building entrance on Elmwood—right outside of the School of Medicine and Dentistry—or the Whipple entrance on Crittenden Boulevard. At the MRB, there is a convenient spot for drivers to pull in—discharge their passenger—and drive out again. If you feel you must be dropped off near Strong’s entrance, we offer 30 minutes of free parking in the ramp garage. That means your driver can enter the garage, drop you off and drive out—all without paying a fee.
Also, please be thoughtful of restaurants that deliver. Food vendors have been notified about the new delivery location at Patient Discharge so asking them to bend the rules and drop your pizza off at the main entrance puts them in an unfair position.
For other drop-off points like the Whipple Circle, keep in mind that the parking spaces there are leased by several departments because they need them and should not be used unless you have a right to be in that space. Running into the building to fill a prescription? Please make sure to use the Employee Pharmacy’s designated space. Even with flashers on, if you are not supposed to be there you are preventing a legitimate driver from using that space.
With the arrival of spring, roadwork and construction is expected to increase traffic congestion. It’s vital that we keep access points as clear as possible for the safety of our patients and families. In keeping with our ICARE values of Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence, let’s continue to pull together!
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