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Parking relief offered to MUHA
Starting this fall, MUHA employees will receive some relief for parking
W. Stuart Smith, vice president for clinical operations and executive
director of the MUSC medical center, announced that starting in
October, parking for MUHA employees who are enrolled in the MUSC
Parking Management system will receive half off their monthly parking
This parking benefit is offered as part of a good faith effort and in
response to hospital employees’ needs and also in support of MUHA’s
changing workforce and improving the current campus’ parking situation.
“Parking is one area that’s been continually addressed by employees as
a recruitment and retention issue,” said Betts Ellis, administrator of
MUHA Institutional Relations. “Stuart Smith has been committed to
relieving the parking burden in some fashion.
“Employee satisfaction and creating a great working environment are
two of the medical center’s priorities,” said Ellis. “Stuart’s
decision to fund the fee adjustment for medical center employees was to
a great degree based on the highly competitive nature of the local
health care market and our need to strike a good balance on benefits
provided. While the medical center’s leave policy is not as generous as
the university’s state leave policy, it is believed that a parking rate
adjustment for medical center employees can help with progress toward
our goal to decrease turnover, improve quality care by maintaining
experienced staff, and control costs associated with recruitment and
training of new hires.”
With the opening of ART on Feb. 5, the medical center has been busy
recruiting and retaining staff for the new facility and filling jobs
within other hospital areas. The medical center’s nursing staff is
greatly affected by this expansion, especially when a nurse leaves the
organization. For example, it’s estimated to cost between
$70,000-80,000 to replace an experienced, full-time nurse.
“We do not have the capability to fully fix the parking situation on
campus, but this is an effort to relieve some of the burden placed on
hospital employees,” said Ellis.
Within the last few years, MUSC Parking Management has increased
on-campus parking options for employees, students, patients and
visitors through expanded lots, new garage facilities, a partnership
with CARTA and carpooling, according to Melinda Anderson, MUSC Parking
MUSC acquired the Courtenay Drive Garage from Charleston County, which
supports parking for employees, patients and visitors at ART. The new
Bee Street Garage, set to open in October, will provide additional
parking for employees and students. Earlier this month, MUSC and CARTA
combined to provide free CARTA and CARTA Express services for employees
and students living around the Tri-county.
“The cost for campus parking is low compared to driving an automobile
to work every day. If employees and students can find a way not to
drive at all and use the CARTA system or carpooling, then they’ll
really save money. MUSC parking management is supportive to both of
these programs,” said Anderson.
Parking Management is committed to finding solutions and providing good
customer service, according to Anderson.
The MUHA parking fee adjustment will be effective in October at the
same time as the Bee Street Garage opening. For information, visit http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/vpfa/operations/Parking/index.htm.
Friday, July 18, 2008
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