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Hospital Parking to Be Limited Starting in February

By Tricia Schug

For approximately six months in the new year, parking at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport will be severely limited due to the second phase of construction on the new hospital project.

Starting in early February, the hospital’s current, two-story brick building will undergo interior demolition to retrofit the building to the highest earthquake code for our area and to completely remodel the space. To accommodate construction in this part of the project, patient parking lots to the northeast of the current hospital will be closed. 

At the same time, construction crews will be demolishing free-standing clinics on the hospital campus, the current helipad and portions of the hospital at the southern end of the property. This will make room for a new parking lot, expected to be completed by July.

From February to July, patients are asked to use the parking lots on the west side of Ninth Street or nearby on-street parking. It is recommended that you allow extra time to get to your appointment at the hospital during this phase.

To alleviate the parking shortages, the hospital has leased several neighborhood lots for employees and has started an incentive plan to encourage staff to use these lots or other off-campus parking, to carpool, or to walk or bike to work. This will free up the closest spaces for patients and visitors.

“We know that our parking situation will be an inconvenience for individuals and we apologize for that,” said Lesley Ogden, MD, chief executive officer at SPCH. “However, it is necessary so that we can finish the second phase of our construction project. I know that our construction team is working feverishly to ensure we have adequate parking as soon as possible.”

To learn more about the SPCH construction project and what to expect when it is completed, go to