Starting Frbruary 1st Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH) has contracted with Yaquina Bay Cab Company to offer free taxi-van service to help patients get from the parking lots on Ninth Street to the patient drop-off point at the new Emergency entrance off Bay Street. “We knew that parking would be challenging for patients at this point in the construction process and we want to do all we can to make it easier for them,” said Lesley Ogden, chief executive officer, SPCH.
The free service will operate Monday through Saturday, 7am to 5pm, picking up and unloading patients at the Center for Health Education, 740 SW Ninth St., and the new Emergency drop-off entrance off Bay Street. Eventually, a new parking lot will sit just outside the new Emergency entrance, but older buildings must first be demolished to make room. It may be late spring before the new lot is completed.
The three-story addition with the new Emergency department, inpatient floors, surgery, imaging areas, infusion and clinics opened on Thursday, Jan. 31. For those who are not utilizing the taxi shuttle service, there are two ways to access the new addition: Enter the old hospital building at the west entrance on Ninth Street, walk through the corridor that links the old building with the new and take elevators from there. The patient drop-off driveway, a black asphalt drive at the Emergency entrance at the south end of the hospital campus, off Bay Street, is another alternative. Once inside, volunteers and staff are available to help patients find their way. Wheelchairs are at both entrances.
The hospital construction team is working feverishly to ensure they have adequate parking as soon as possible, but in the meantime, they hope this new service will help.”