James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
Long Awaited Parking Garage Opens November 21, 2011
The James A. Haley Veteransâ€™ Hospitalâ€™s long-awaited 1,500-space parking garage will open to patients and visitors on November 21, 2011; a celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony wasÂ held on the November 15, 2011.Â And for many, thisÂ was aÂ great reason to celebrate.
Built in 1972, James A. Haley Veterans' HospitalÂ is one of the countryâ€™s busiest VA hospitals with a bustling medical campus that sees about 4,000 outpatient visits a day and more than one million outpatient visits a year.Â With so many visitors on the land-locked, highly urban Tampa site, parking close to the hospital is exceedingly difficult to findâ€”and has been for many years.
â€śOur Veterans, staff, visitors and community partners have waited almost 25 years for a parking garage,â€ť said Kathleen Fogarty, the hospitalâ€™s new director.Â â€śIt couldnâ€™t open soon enough.â€ťÂ
Currently, the hospital has about 2,181 on-site parking spaces with an additional 400 available at University Mall about three miles from the hospital with shuttle service provided.Â Â However, when the new six story garage opens, the hospitalâ€™s on-campus spaces will increase to almost 3,700.
Besides additional parking, these spaces will help ease traffic flow around the crowded campus providing patients, employees and visitors quicker, easier access to the main hospital and outlying facilities.Â Â
The garage is Phase I of a major expansion of the hospitalâ€™s Polytrauma Center which includes a two-story, 150,000 square-foot addition to be built over the main therapy area of the current Spinal Cord Injury Center.Â This new state-of-the-art healthcare center adds 56 beds and will consist of polytrauma and multi-purpose rehabilitation wards.Â Scheduled completion of the polytrauma expansion as well as renovation of existing areas is planned for early 2013.Â Â Â Â