A Message From Our CEO: Parking Challenges
From Gary Herbst, Chief Executive Officer
When the City and local businesses asked Kaweah Delta Medical Center to
stay downtown rather than relocating elsewhere in Visalia, we knew staying
would be beneficial, but not without hurdles. While we are a downtown
staple and contribute to the economic fiber of downtown, the landscape
is not without challenges. It’s no secret that one of our biggest
challenges is parking. As we work hard to modernize, expand and improve
facilities, our parking spaces are at a premium. We are working to find
solutions that will help patients and visitors find parking closer to
our Medical Center. We know this is a concern for our community.
We have already increased our free valet parking spaces and the numbers
of hours this service is offered to you, but we know more parking is needed.
We have just opened up 28 all-day patient and visitor spaces steps from
our hospital entrance on Acequia Avenue by relocating our physician parking
lot. Physicians still have a parking lot that is close to our hospital,
but it is gated and secure, so that when they need to see you at the hospital,
they know their parking spot is reserved and can get to you in the most-timely manner.
We are also hard at work so that by summer, there will be more than 80
parking spots for patients and visitors directly outside our hospital
entrance on Acequia Avenue. This will involve tearing down Checkers, which
was a fixture in downtown Visalia and served our staff, patients and visitors
for years. We were all sad to see it close its doors late last year due
to fire. The creation of these spots will also involve the closure of
Doc’s, a tenant of ours, which also in recent years served our patients
and staff well. We wish Doc’s the best as its owner immediately
opens a new restaurant called, “The Green Apple”, behind Starbucks
on Main and move Doc’s just one block northwest to the corner of
Willis Avenue and Main Street. It will build a new restaurant and open
in an estimated 6-8 months and still be close-by for everyone to enjoy.
While you will not immediately see these buildings come down, we will
be hard at work behind the scenes to make sure this parking is available
We know that parking is a concern for our patients and visitors. Knowing
that is the case, we also continue to seek out other opportunities to
alleviate parking around our downtown campus. Those opportunities include
leasing or buying space around our hospital and possibly even giving our
staff the option to park off campus and take shuttles to work. All of
those options are opportunities that we are closely considering to improve
the experience our patients and visitors have when they visit Kaweah Delta.
It is always our goal to continually improve and make sure we are best
meeting the needs of the community we serve.