ST. LOUIS, Nov. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- A doctor's visit can be stressful enough without the added frustration of circling a parking garage to find an open spot. Next spring, with the opening of the new Mercy Ballas Center for Multispecialty Care, a high-tech garage also will open, relieving congestion across the Mercy St. Louis campus and making parking easier for patients and visitors.
"When patients come to Mercy, we want parking to be as high quality as the care they receive."
"It's no secret that parking at health care facilities in urban areas across the U.S. can be a headache," said Dr. David Meiners, Mercy Hospital St. Louis president. "Mercy is no different. When our patients come for doctors' appointments, procedures and surgeries, we want to remove the added stress that often comes with getting into a building."
A new setup at Mercy Ballas does just that by guiding visitors to the closest available parking spaces. The garage is equipped with an innovative, camera-based system and the latest sensor technology. Bright green and red lights direct patients to open spaces in the garage more quickly, saving time and frustration.
"It's really smart technology. It even helps if a patient forgets where they park," Dr. Meiners said. "We've all parked somewhere and later forgotten where. And when you're managing your health, it's even easier to get distracted and forget where you parked."
Clear electronic signage in the garage will highlight how many spaces are open on each level in real time. Once someone chooses a floor, directional signs provide guidance and color-coded indicators display red for occupied, green for open and blue for handicapped, which will further ease the process and remove what can feel like endless circling to find a spot.
Besides Mercy Ballas' smart garage, the technology will be added to existing parking structures on Mercy's St. Louis campus and across Mercy's footprint in multiple states. The parking system is one of many new technologies planned for the Mercy Ballas Center for Multispecialty Care to create a better patient experience.
Mercy earned the 2022 Excellence in Patient Experience by NRC Health, which recognizes health systems and hospitals that have demonstrated their commitment to improving patients' care experiences. Mercy Hospital St. Louis earned a spot on the Top 100 Consumer Loyalty list by NRC Health.
"When our patients come to Mercy, we want their first and last experience on campus – parking – to be as high quality as the care they receive," said Jason Grellner, executive director of public safety across Mercy.
Mercy, one of the 25 largest U.S. health systems and named the top large system in the U.S. for excellent patient experience by NRC Health, serves millions annually with nationally recognized quality care and one of the nation's largest Accountable Care Organizations. Mercy is a highly integrated, multi-state health care system including more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children's, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, convenient and urgent care locations, imaging centers and pharmacies. Mercy has 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 4,000 Mercy Clinic physicians and advanced practitioners, and more than 40,000 co-workers serving patients and families across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
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