News: Parking: latest improvement for NHP
Story by Jason Bortz
PENSACOLA, Fla. - During the past few months, Naval Hospital Pensacola has made several facility improvements that some beneficiaries may have noticed, but its latest project should have a significant impact on everyone visiting the hospital.
By the end of this year, 40 additional parking spaces, along with several new motorcycle parking areas, will be created at NHP that will help alleviate parking congestion and overcome traffic flow issues. Several new spaces have already been created and beneficiaries will notice a steady increase until the goal of 40 is reached.
The addition of these new spaces should have minimal impact, if any, on current parking and traffic patterns at NHP.
“It’s hard to find a parking space here,” said Bill Pickrell, facilities planner, NHP. “The new parking should make it more convenient for patients.”
The additional parking spaces are just one of the upgrades the hospital has seen over the past few months.
All six elevators were renovated and a new satellite pharmacy was built next to the Naval Air Station Pensacola Commissary. The hospital also recently renovated the air conditioning units for the clinics, which is part of a DOD initiative to be more energy efficient.
In 2007, a presidential executive order was issued that stated that everyone in the DOD must reduce energy use and cost by 30 percent by 2015.
“We are well on our way (to meeting that goal),” said Pickrell.
The hospital has several other projects for the near future that will also help reduce energy use.
Additional air conditioning units are scheduled to be updated and new energy efficient street lights will be installed.
Solar powered pedestrian crosswalk signs will also be installed that will improve patient safety for those entering and leaving the hospital.
All of these projects are being done during a time of fiscal restraints by the DOD, but their importance to patient safety and satisfaction make them essential.
Plus, the money for these projects was previously allocated and will provide additional cost savings in the future.
“By being more energy efficient, we will actually save money in the long run,” said John Critch, facilities engineer, NHP.