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Additional Parking for SMH Patients, Visitors, and Employees

Stephens Memorial Hospital President, Timothy A. Churchill, announces a plan to improve the availability of parking for patients, visitors and employees was brought before the Norway Planning Board on Thursday, October 9 by Mark G. Johnson, ASLA, of SMRT in Portland, Maine and Les Gammon, Director of Plant Operations, Stephens Memorial Hospital. The current plan is being submitted to the Town of Norway and the State (DEP) as an amendment to the standing permits.

The purpose of the presentation to the Town of Norway was to provide  an update of a plan submitted in the summer of 2002 as part of the expansion of the Emergency Department.  Since the expansion, volumes in the ED have risen significantly, creating a need for additional parking for patients, visitors and employees. Timothy A. Churchill stated, "We plan to begin Phase I this month which will provide some additional parking in November. Phase II of the project, which includes paving, curbing, and planting of shrubs and trees, will be completed in the spring." It is expected that at least 90 additional spaces will become available at the conclusion of the project.

The new layout will improve parking, as well as circulation for vehicles and pedestrians. Walkways, more efficient lighting for safety and provisions for treatment and cleaning of storm water runoff from the pavement are also included in the project.

To make way for additional parking, the Pike, Estes, and Thomas buildings will be removed within the next few weeks. Departments currently housed in the Pike and Estes buildings are relocating to other locations on and off the existing campus.  Effective October 20th, patients who wish to pay their hospital bills in person will be directed to an office at the hospital adjacent to the Emergency Department.

The Main Street frontage will provide a more cohesive campus and enhance the appearance to the southern gateway of Main Street.

 
 
 
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