The Penticton Regional Hospital’s new David E. Kampe Tower opens this Monday.
Interior Health is advising residents that hospital visitors will need to use the new parking payment system, which opens Sunday at 2 p.m.
The new facility, with levels P1, P2 and P3 reserved for patient and visitor parking, will include a visitor stall availability sign at the entrance and electric vehicle charging stations on P3.
Parking pay stations will be located near the parkade elevators on each level and inside the main floor lobby.
During regular business hours, access to the six-storey tower from the parkade is available on levels one and two.
From 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m., all access to the tower from the parkade will be through the first-floor entrance vestibule, which can be accessed via the parkade stairwells or parkade elevators.
Visitors can access the tower through the elevators in the main DKT lobby, and access the rest of the hospital through the DKT level one link.
Staff pass holder parking will begin at stall 373, as indicated by signs up to the top level.
Level P0 of the parkade will also be dedicated to staff pass holders.
Interior Health said patients and visitors will also see changes to the current parking payment system, which will transition to a pay-by-plate system instead of a stall number or displayed receipts. However, rates will remain the same.
The new payment system requires people to enter their license plate number.
Payment can be made at any one of the pay stations regardless of where a vehicle is parked.
For drivers with mobile devices, the parking app HangTag will enable them to make a payment or extend their parking time on their phones.
The existing visitor surface parking lots will also transition to the pay-by-plate system including emergency, Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society (OSNS) Child Development Centre, psychiatry service.
The south parking lot that was temporarily converted to visitor parking during construction will revert back to staff pass holder parking.
Hourly, daily and weekly parking will be available for purchase from the parking pay stations. Parking passes for extended periods are available to visitors and patients by contacting Interior Health’s Parking Services at 1-855-491-6498.
Exemptions to paid parking requirements at IH sites apply to patients, clients, and visitors with identified extenuating circumstances based on medical or financial hardships that have been reviewed on a case-by-case basis.