If you were wondering why Woman’s painted some of its parking stripes in pink – now you know! Today, the hospital unveiled its Pink Parking. These parking spots are reserved for our guests who are mobility-impaired, but not handicapped, and need a “little” closer parking. This includes, but is not limited to, pregnant or elderly visitors, women undergoing cancer treatment, and orthopedic and post-surgery patients.
“When designing the new Woman’s campus, we knew that some of patients and visitors are often temporarily mobility impaired, so we developed the idea of Pink Parking spaces,” explains Teri Fontenot, President and CEO of Woman’s. She adds that the spaces were not labeled immediately after opening because the staff wanted to give visitors a chance to learn the new campus before adding additional signage.
Woman’s is asking the community to help spread the word with “Share Our Stripes” messages on Facebook, Twitter and email. The campaign aims to explain to friends and family that may be visiting the hospital’s campus that these spaces are reserved for women and men who aren’t able to make those extra steps.
“We strive to make improvements every day to provide our patients and visitors with an exceptional experience, and this is another ‘step’ in that direction,” says Fontenot. She adds, “the hospital will rely on patients using the honor system when choosing to park in these areas.” The campus’ employee parking areas also include Pink Parking for employees that need temporary assistance in walking.
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Woman’s pink-striped parking spaces are located near the handicapped spaces in front of the hospital, Physician Office Building and Support Services Building. Of the campus’ 2,258 parking spaces, Pink Parking takes up 124 spaces. Woman’s former Goodwood location allowed for 1,912 vehicles. Minus the addition of Pink Parking, the new campus still offers more parking spaces than at its previous location.
Also new stop signs are installed at the intersection of Woman’s Way and Rue de la Vie officially changing from a two-way stop to a four-way stop into the hospital.