On June 14, Patricia Wing-Green led the way for patients and visitors to the Christiana Hospital campus to park in a new garage at the main entrance. At the opening ceremony, she drove her car into the garage as the first person to park in the new facility.
The four-level parking garage offers 700 spaces of free parking for patients and visitors. Planned in consultation with Wing-Green and the other members of Christiana Hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Committee, the garage increases access and convenience for patients and families.
“Our new patient and visitor garage enables us to better serve our neighbors through easier access to Christiana Hospital,” said President and CEO Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH. “Now our patients and families are just steps away from the expert care they come to us to receive.”
The garage complements the architectural design and brick façade of the hospital and features a covered walkway to the main entrance. Energy-efficient LED lighting enhances comfort and safety. The first level is dedicated to handicapped parking, with additional handicapped spaces on all levels. The garage also has charging stations for energy-efficient cars on the first and second levels. Campus shuttles and DART buses can pull directly into the garage to drop off and pick up passengers.
“The decision to build this new garage speaks directly to our commitment to increasing access to care and creating an exceptional experience for our patients and visitors,” said Sharon Kurfuerst, Ed.D., OTR/L, FACHE, senior vice president, Health Services Operations. “The garage increases patient and visitor parking on campus as close as you can get to the hospital’s front door.”
The parking garage is an important milestone in the transformation of the Christiana Hospital campus, which continues with the construction of a new Women’s and Children’s building, scheduled to open in 2020.