Chris­tiana Hospi­tal build­ing park­ing garage

Cecil Whig - - BUSINESS - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

NE­WARK, DEL.

bshea@ches­pub.com

— Chris­tiana Hospi­tal is in the process of build­ing a four-level, 750-space park­ing garage, which is ex­pected to open in June 2017.

“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,” Sharon Kur­fuerst, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of Health Ser­vices, Op­er­a­tions, said in a pre­pared state­ment. “This garage will in­crease pa­tient and vis­i­tor park­ing on cam­pus as close as you can get to the front door. This is, with­out ques­tion, the safest, most ideal lo­ca­tion for the con­ve­nience of pa­tients and vis­i­tors.”

The con­struc­tion, which be­gan June 27, is funded by Chris­tiana Care and is part of the hospi­tal’s $260 mil­lion project to build a new women and chil­dren build­ing, said Jen­nifer Baldino Bonett, se­nior man­ager of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing for Chris­tiana Care Health Sys­tem.

The “flat-plate” de­sign elim­i­nates the park­ing spots on slop­ing ramps and fea­tures en­ergy-ef­fi­cient LED lights. Hospi­tal shut­tles and DART buses will have the abil­ity to pull di­rectly into the garage to pick up and drop off peo­ple.

Bonett said garage park­ing will be free, as is all park­ing at the hospi­tal.

The hospi­tal cam­pus will re­main open and func­tional dur­ing con­struc­tion.

The valet ser­vice runs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. week­days and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Satur­days and Sun­days, Bonett said. There is a free shut­tle ser­vice that takes vis­i­tors from Lots B and C to the hospi­tal’s main en­trance and to the Cen­ter for Heart and Vas­cu­lar Health, Mon­day through Fri­day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

A ren­der­ing shows the Chris­tiana Hospi­tal park­ing garage slated to open in 2017.

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