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2014-07-06 at 14:56

Parking lot expansion

Anne-Marie Heron, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
Anne-Marie Heron, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre's executive director of capital planning and operations, stands in front of where construction crews have started creating a parking lot that will add 300 spaces to the property.
By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- The regional hospital is hoping to make parking issues at the facility a thing of the past.

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is spending more than $1 million to expand their parking areas, with a plan of adding 300 additional spaces by the end of October.

Anne-Marie Heron, the hospital’s executive director of capital planning and operations, said developments such as the new Health Services Centre, which is under construction off Oliver Road, have necessitated an increased number of spaces.

“It was always in our master plan for the hospital,” Heron said. “In the long-term planning for the hospital, when you project increased expansions and program offerings we did recognize we would need additional parking so we’ve been doing a phased approach.”

The expansion is currently under construction about 200 metres from the Golf Links Road entrance to the hospital. It will bridge the gap between existing lots on the property.

The hospital sought approval from both the provincial Ministry of the Environment as well as the local conservation authority before breaking ground. The expansion will not affect existing animal habitats and storm water management practices.

Heron said the new area should satisfy the current parking requirements at the facility.

“At the end of this we will have the additional 400 spots our master plan projects we will need,” she said. “If we have additional new programs there might be a need for new parking.”

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Dan dan says:
Next time you go to the hospital, look at how many people are taking up two or more parking spaces with a single vehicle. In the winter months, it's out of control.
7/7/2014 5:38:31 PM
CM Punk says:
Any sort of additional parking is welcome at this hospital because even down to the set up is just plain awful.

My friend had an emergency with a family and it takes 3 people to bring someone to the hospital. One has to drive, the patient and someone assisting the patient into the hospital so they can get help while the driver parks the car god knows where because they certainly can't leave it at the door or there is no spaces near.

Also, you wanna talk about fees? LOL.
We once paid $28 for 4 hours at Sunnybrook hospital. Mind you there was lots of parking and each parking lot square had pay stations close by. Something this hospital should look into as well.

A few times I went into the lot and there was no spaces left to park. Poorly managed and poorly planned.
7/7/2014 12:52:19 PM
ruralchick says:
I was there just yesterday waiting in Emerg for 5 hrs with my 84 yr old mother...I have always thought it disgusting that there are a dozen handicapped spots outside of emergency....and I witnesses an able bodied man just park his truck in the circle and he went visiting someone for over an hr..how did I know this..I watched him head down the hallway and was still in the waiting room when he passed on through and get into his truck..so he didn't even pay for parking.

The next issue is the darn parking machines NEVER work. They are more out of order than (in) order...not to mention that the time punched on the stamp if you park next to the Cancer Clinic isn't the right time, so check your tickets
7/7/2014 12:21:26 PM
homelessteen says:
Maybe they could set the staff up on roller skates like the old aw and patients could just stay in their vehicles.

Or maybe its for the big tent that every other circus has.
7/7/2014 12:18:12 PM
pabum says:
7/7/2014 11:49:39 AM
BuddhaMum says:
Seriously? The parking lot takes presedence over the bed shortage? Well I guess we need to look at what is really most important...cars lining the streets or beds lining the hallways...people grumbling because they have nowhere to park or patients grumbling because they have to lay in hallways while waiting to be treated...getting a parking ticket or getting a diagnosis while you are parked along a wall for any stranger to hear.
Yeah, more parking makes sense.
7/7/2014 8:53:06 AM
jonthunder says:
Guest parking is a huge issue, and will only get worse as more facilities and services are added to the hospital; I sure hope this includes fixing the dire shortage of guest parking.
7/7/2014 8:52:36 AM
trevor99 says:
I do not understand why this is necessary.

There is ample parking around the for people to park and attend there. Within 5-7 minutes there are hundreds of additional spaces and I would have no problem walking that far to attend the hospital.

This sounds very familiar.
7/7/2014 6:33:22 AM
fastball says:
Hahahahha....you're new here, right?
News flash for ya, son - TBay residents don't walk. Period. Even if it's 3 or 4 minutes to get to a show or hockey game (just for example) - they won't do it. Not without a lot of whining, anyways.
By God, man - what if it gets cold?
7/7/2014 3:39:52 PM
Et says:
Great news would be 300 more beds!
7/7/2014 12:14:47 AM
joey joe joe jr. shabadoo says:
wow, to throw down a million bucks on parking when the issue is STILL inside the hospital is almost as bad as todays tbnewswatch poll asking "are you confident the Swing Bridge will soon open to vehicular traffic?" without having the option to click "lol" instead of just yes or no.
7/6/2014 10:19:38 PM
laurie says:
love the posts .. give us more parking but make us stay in beds in the hallways

really ?
7/6/2014 8:43:30 PM
bttnk says:
Come on laurie. These are two separate issues. The bed shortage is being addressed through the Centre of Excellence for Integrated Senior Services (CEISS)project which is a campus development plan offering 544 long term care accommodations. This project is currently in Phase II and will address the issue of over-crowding of TBRHSC with Alternative Level of Care patients.

The Parking lot is a capital project that accomodates an increased requirement for parking at the hospital.

You are just looking for a reason to complain and is growing tired in this town.
7/7/2014 12:11:14 PM
1234 says:
So this explains why the parking rates have gone up , more revenue once this is done ....And staff park outside of the hospital parking because the rates go up every year making it unaffordable for some staff.
7/6/2014 8:40:49 PM
bttnk says:
To correct you. Parking rates for staff went up $2/month this year for the first time in 4 years.
7/7/2014 12:04:47 PM
thunderbaycouncel says:
at $8 for a few hours to park why wouldnt they add extra parking? this is pathetic. put that money where its actually important.
7/6/2014 6:02:37 PM
bttnk says:
@thunderbaycouncel - For $8 you get a 24 hour parking pass.
7/7/2014 12:03:47 PM
arjay says:
This must mean, the Bed Gridlock problem is solved!! Damn fine news!!
7/6/2014 5:21:16 PM
ranma says:
So the plan is to have open air triage in the new parking lots? You know since there is no room in the hospital.
7/6/2014 5:13:31 PM
tic says:
Wow this is being addressed before the shortage of beds and staff.... where are the priorities here?
7/6/2014 4:49:16 PM
fastball says:
I'm pretty sure the bed issue falls within the aegis of the provincial government. I'm not sure that the hospital board could just arbitrarily decide to add 100 additional beds.
However, I do think they could facilitate something like a parking lot expansion by themselves - without the Ministry of Health getting involved.
7/7/2014 7:34:08 AM
enos012 says:
LOL...Master Plan..LOL Wing it and hope all works out?
7/6/2014 4:48:01 PM
Comments unavailable says:
Parking inside the hospital is the issue!
7/6/2014 4:28:28 PM
Truthandjustice says:
I wonder if this will curtail the people who park on sunshine ave and walk over. It's always a mess in the winter trying to turn onto that street from golf links road as the plow can't properly clear the street since people park along the side of the street. On most days people park close to the intersection making it dangerous to those trying to see properly to turn onto golf links. Hopefully there will be enough parking spaces now coupled with time limited parking on sunshine avenue.
7/6/2014 3:32:19 PM
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