Oak Park, IL (May 18, 2015) —
Due to tremendous growth in services and a subsequent influx of patients, Rush Oak Park Hospital has finalized plans to expand its campus to include a new parking lot to be located on hospital-owned property east of its main structure.
“The new parking lot will help eliminate employees, visitors and patients searching for parking on side streets when existing lots are full,” said Bruce Elegant, the hospital’s president and CEO.
The Oak Park Village Board approved an ordinance for the hospital to use a portion of an alley situated east of the adjoining 513 to 529 South Wenonah Avenue property, and the hospital has acquired the necessary building permits to construct a flat (or surface), 70-space parking lot complete with vibrant plantings and an attractively landscaped berm, as well as other green space.
“As the hospital’s services continue to grow to meet the needs of the community, more parking is necessary to accommodate our patients and the physicians and staff who serve them,” said Elegant. “The additional parking spaces will also significantly reduce the number of staff parking on residential streets and relieve associated traffic in the neighborhood.”
Visits to the emergency department at Rush Oak Park Hospital climbed 13 percent in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, following a rise of 4 percent from the year prior, noted Elegant.
Rush Oak Park Hospital remains the second largest employer in Oak Park with more than 900 employees in addition to its 400 physicians. “Both those numbers continue to grow along with the hospital’s services,” said Elegant. “The lot will serve a vital need for employee parking.”
Elegant added that the entrance and exit to the new lot will also be designed to prevent traffic on Wenonah Avenue.
“We’re determined to make every effort to seamlessly and aesthetically integrate the space into the surrounding neighborhood,” he said. “We were insistent on not having to construct an additional parking garage on the site.”