MRHC implements new parking policies on busy campus

MRHC implements new parking policies on busy campus


Carpooling for employees, parking lot assistance and other policies are in place at McAlester Regional Health Center due to construction-related parking challenges on the campus.


A new Emergency Center is being built on what had been an employee and doctor’s parking lot, moving most staff parking to the front of the hospital campus. While additional parking construction is planned, procedures are in place to ensure patients and hospital visitors are accommodated when they arrive at MRHC or the adjacent Southeast Clinic doctor’s buildings.


For instance, parking closest to MRHC entries is set aside for patients and hospital visitors. Special parking for doctors and on-call physicians is also reserved.


In addition, a customer service cart covers MRHC parking lots for those who need assistance from their parking spot to an MRHC entrance.


“Our patients are always our priority,” said MRHC Assistant Administrator Shawn Howard. “We will always do whatever we can to ensure they come first as we grow our facility.”


The new $11.8 million Emergency Center will include a 20,000 square-foot facility to increase capacity for patients, double the number of trauma treatment rooms, and decrease wait times with state-of-the-art design, equipment, and treatment elements.


The new Center will add space for patients and their families, as well as doctors and clinical staff, and incorporates features for treating multiple casualty victims and chemical exposure patients, along with other specialized rooms. For instance, shock trauma rooms will accommodate multiple patients, while other treatment rooms can flex to double occupancy for a mass casualty event or disaster. There is a treatment room designed for rape victims needing exams by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner; seclusion rooms will be available for patients who are violent or may harm themselves or others. Another feature is a decontamination room for chemical exposure patients; the new ambulance bay can serve as a triage location.


The new center will accommodate up to 50,000 patients a year, supporting long-range plans by MRHC to achieve Level II trauma center designation within 10 years.