Healthcare campuses have essentially grown into small cities. They are no longer just a medical center. Campuses have added retail areas, restaurants, office towers, and a variety of other service amenities to the mix. User groups include patients, employees, doctors, tenants, and retail visitors among a host of others.
In the past, many in the healthcare industry considered parking a necessary evil. Some have even considered parking a cost center rather than a profit center. Automating a facility was virtually impossible due to the multitude of departments providing validations which often exceeded the total funds collected. Now, with web based validation programs, print at home parking passes, and integrated FlexScan readers, automation can make sense for almost any location.
Due to the expansive nature of today’s healthcare campuses, wayfinding can be the most overlooked function of a parking system. All campuses have directional signage to different buildings, but very few provide information on the availability of parking. Spaces near the busiest areas of the campus are often full and many locations have limited spots available which can lead to a lot of time spent circulating through the facility looking for a place to park.
Employees are typically instructed to park in assigned areas, which normally are less desirable locations of the parking facility so patrons can utilize the most convenient parking spaces. How do you know if these guidelines are being followed? With the implementation of camera based bay monitoring, this can be tracked. License plates can be assigned to a designated area in the facility and if found outside of that area, an alarm is created and the situation can be handled according to your procedures.
Amano McGann’s modular design allows for the implementation of any mixture of functionality and flexibility to provide the solution for your campus. Popular modules for the healthcare sector are: