Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH) has contracted with Yaquina Bay Cab Company to offer free shuttle 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.
“Parking is 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, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., ferrying patients between the Center for Health Education parking lot on 9th Street, the hospital main entrance off Abbey Street and the new Emergency entrance off Bay Street. The shuttle operates on a continual loop. Patients should wait at one of these three entrances for the yellow shuttle van from Yaquina Cab Company to arrive; it should take only a few minutes.
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 summer 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. Construction on the second phase begins Monday, Feb. 25. Because of continued construction, entrances to the hospital will change over the next month.
For those who are not utilizing the shuttle service, please be advised that hospital entrances will be shifting over the next month due to construction.
- From Feb. 25 to March 18, patients should use the main entrance off Abbey Street.
- After March 18, patients should use the west entrance off 9th Street.
Volunteers and staff are available to help patients, once they are inside the building, find their way to their appointments. The distance between the old building and the new is significant for those with mobility challenges; wheelchairs are stationed at both entrances, and patients are urged to use them.
“We know that our parking situation is an inconvenience for individuals and we apologize for that. Our construction team is working feverishly to ensure we have adequate parking as soon as possible, but in the meantime, we hope people will find the shuttle service to be helpful,” Ogden added.
Learn more about the SPCH construction project.