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Published on August 10, 2010

Kishwaukee Community Hospital Adds Valet Parking

August 10, 2010 

 

Kishwaukee Community Hospital is now providing complimentary valet parking for patients and visitors.

“The service has been very well received,” said Brad Copple, Kish Hospital president.  “During our first week in late May, we parked 80 cars. During the last week of July, we parked 180 cars.” Altogether, more than 1,300 patients and visitors have used the service since May 24.

The impetus to provide valet parking was to better serve patients who have limited mobility or difficulty walking.  “Patients using the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation center are especially appreciative now that rehab has moved from the old hospital to the second floor of the new hospital. We know the service will be appreciated even more when winter is upon us,” Copple said.

A side benefit is having a person available at the entrance to assist when patients are dropped off.  “Many of these patients need wheelchairs or are using walkers, so the extra hands at the curbside are a big help,” he said.

The hospital has contracted with Aramark to operate the valet parking. Aramark provides professional services for healthcare institutions, schools, universities and businesses.

“Aramark already manages our environmental services (housekeeping), so this was a good fit. The company has developed expertise in valet parking, which is becoming more and more common in hospitals across the country,” Copple said.

Valet parking is free to patients and visitors from 5:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Tips are not accepted, and there is no service on holidays.

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