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More parking for patients and visitors available at Sheboygan hospital

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Aurora Health Care has teamed-up with the City of Sheboygan to secure four, off-site parking locations for 100 employees at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center.

"Our patients have repeatedly told us that lack of close parking is a major factor in their satisfaction," said Dan Meyer, medical center administrator. "We are thrilled to have found a terrific solution for our patients and visitors. The 100 extra spaces means fewer cars parked on the side streets. We do not want any patient walking two or three blocks to come to the medical center. This move solves a long-standing problem."

The 100 employees were chosen based on job function. They are mostly non-medical, support staff (management, human resources, and administration, etc.). They will utilize 4 municipal lots in downtown Sheboygan. Each employee will have a designated parking spot. City buses will transport employees to and from the hospital between 6:30 am and 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Busses will run at 8-minute to 15-minute intervals.

"This is really a win, win situation," said Ron McDonald, director of parking and transit utility for Sheboygan. "The transportation of Aurora employees will increase the usage of the city bus system and help alleviate a very congested, and to be honest, sometimes dangerous, traffic situation at Sheboygan Memorial."

The parking spots designated for Aurora employees were left empty on many days and will not affect downtown parking whatsoever.

"Many of the parking spots now reserved for medical center employees were just not being used," said McDonald. "Filling those spots, increasing riders on the bus line, taking cars off the streets surrounding the hospital and helping the hospital patients... I don't think a better answer to their parking problem could have been found."

Meyer agrees. "With the facility being landlocked, the city really stepped in and helped us out. We had looked at every conceivable parking scenario, and this is by far the best, safest and most cost-effective solution for our patients."

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Mark Kantola (920-451-5351)

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