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Published on May 15, 2008

Construction begins on Tenth Street  parking expansion and renovation project

Mercy Medical Center is breaking ground on a renovation and new parking ramp project, approved by the Mercy Board on April 17.  The renovation project has three major components that include expansion of the Emergency and Radiology departments, and the addition of a new parking ramp at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Tenth Street SE.  

Due to patient volume growth, the Emergency Department will expand to allow for improved access.  Additional triage stations, a larger entrance and waiting area are among the scheduled improvements.  These changes complement renovations currently underway in the Emergency Department to add eight new Fast Track rooms, remodel existing patient exam rooms, build new nurses stations and update the patient registration area. 

The Radiology Department, located on Mercy's ground level, will consolidate imaging procedures in one location.  The change will allow for more efficient patient care and greater accessibility to the Emergency Department, where an increasing number of imaging procedures originate.  Radiology's expansion also includes the addition of a 3-Tesla magnetic resonance scanner, the most advanced MR technology and one of the first made available in the nation.  The 3-Tesla MR scanner allows for higher resolution images and offers a larger opening for greater patient comfort during the procedure. 

The third component of the renovation project is a new parking ramp and remodeled entrance at Mercy's "Tenth Street Entrance," located on the corner of Tenth Street and Eighth Avenue SE.  The new parking ramp will more than double parking capacity to accommodate the need for enhanced parking options for Mercy patients and their families.

"The goal of these improvements is to create an increasingly patient-friendly campus with the most convenient access to Mercy services," says Tim Charles, president and CEO at Mercy Medical Center.

The current parking lot and entrance at the corner of Tenth Street and Eighth Avenue SE will close beginning May 19 for ramp construction.  Mercy will provide free valet parking services from its Lundy Pavilion entrance to assist patients and visitors during the remodeling period of approximately one year.  Free valet parking will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays through the entirety of the renovation project.  Convenient parking remains available at the Lundy parking ramp, located on Eighth Street SE.

Mercy will place increased signage around the campus, as well as inside the hospital, to help direct patients and visitors during the construction period.

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