Kaweah Delta's adds more patient and visitor parking to downtown campus
Kaweah Delta’s adds more patient and visitor parking to downtown campus
VISALIA, CA – Kaweah Delta opened two new parking lots this week
adding nearly 80 patient and visitor parking spots to the Medical Center’s
downtown Visalia campus.
“As we work hard to modernize, expand and improve facilities, our
parking spaces are at a premium. This is just one of the solutions that
will help patients and visitors find parking closer to our Medical Center,”
said Gary Herbst, Chief Executive Officer of Kaweah Delta.
The new patient and visitor parking lot is located just outside the Medical
Center’s entrance on Acequia Avenue. A second lot, located on the
corner of Acequia and West, is for physicians. These new lots have opened
up parking spaces in the parking structures across from the Medical Center’s
entrances at Locust Street and Acequia Avenue. Additionally, the Medical
Center offers free valet parking to its patients and visitors at its entrance
off Mineral King from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to
7 p.m. on weekends.
When construction is complete this fall on the fifth and sixth floors of
the Acequia Wing, 30 additional patient and visitor parking spots will
open up in the lot west of the Medical Center’s Acequia Wing. Currently
those spots are in use by construction equipment as Kaweah Delta increases
the medical center’s inpatient bed capacity with the addition of
a 24-bed intermediate critical care unit on the fifth floor. The sixth
floor will provide the community with a new, 23-bed Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit that will offer patients private rooms. The fifth and sixth
floors were left unfinished when the Acequia Wing was completed in 2009,
to provide for the flexibility of future expansion.
Kaweah Delta continues to explore parking solutions for its downtown campus,
including through its master planning process. RBB Architects, a master
planning firm, will develop solutions to replace the Mineral King building
which houses 221 inpatient hospital beds that cannot be used beyond 2030
because it does not meet California’s earthquake standards. Additionally,
it will propose new facilities for Kaweah Delta to care for the community,
including ways to add new services, increase access, and improve areas
that are currently a challenge, such as parking.
Meanwhile, work continues on a multi-phase expansion to nearly double the
number of patient beds inside Kaweah Delta Medical Center’s Emergency
Department by fall 2020. It will modernize, expand and improve Kaweah
Delta’s ED facilities to better serve patients and meet the needs
of the growing community by:
- Growing the number of patient beds from 41 to 74 beds
- Nearly doubling the size of the waiting room to accommodate 100+ patients
- Adding a new area that will allow patients to be more quickly screened.