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Valet, parking fees change

Effective Nov. 17, MUSC patients and visitors started paying for parking. MUSC announced that hourly patient/visitor parking, which includes cash transactions and transactions validated for courtesy parking, remains at 75 cents per half hour. Parking charges greater than $3 will not be charged to patients with a validated parking ticket.
Parking Management's Cheryl Sturges hands out a parking fee flyer to an MUSC visitor in the patient-visitor G-lot.
Valet parking services have increased to $5. This applies to valet services offered at Ashley River Tower, Hollings Cancer Center and Rutledge Tower. Inpatient and overnight parking remains unchanged at 75 cents each half hour or a $6 maximum (overnight/24-hour rate). MUSC patients/visitors may park at various campus locations including the Ashley-Rutledge Garage, Patient and Visitor Parking (G-lot), Courtenay Drive Parking Garage (K-lot) and Jonathan Lucas Street Patient Garage.
The increases only reflect a change in the payer mix, according to Melinda Anderson, director, Office of Parking Management, where the clinics and hospital validate parking after the first two hours during a visit. The change is revenue neutral for OPM and is expected to generate a greater overall cost savings to the hospital and institution. Plan details were laid out by Anderson, hospital and university administrators since October.
Projected revenue from parking  fee changes will be about $2 million per year, according to Lisa Montgomery, director, Division of Finance and Administration.

Nov. 21, 2008

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