By: Leland Kim
(KHNL) - Queen's Medical Center sees more than 260,000 patients every year. And that number has been growing each year, a 35 percent increase in the past decade. That means more visitors, more employees, and more cars.
"We found parking near the elevator," said Wallace Cronk, a hospital visitor from the Big Island. "Yeah, no problem. We didn't have to walk very far."
But some people who work here say parking is a problem. The wait list to get monthly parking is several years long.
An anonymous nurse said she and others have to budget up to two hours a day because they don't have hospital parking.
"I need to leave my house by an extra 30 to 40 minutes just to get to the Blaisdale and get a parking spot," she said. "And then walk 15 to 20 minutes from there to work."
The hospital acknowledges there is a problem.
"There's no doubt there is definitely a parking shortage here at Queen's Medical Center," said Rebecca Pollard, a hospital spokesperson.
Since the original parking structure was built in the late 1970s, Queen's added three more. The most recent one was completed over the summer. But it's still not enough.
"We are exploring a number of options at this point in terms of building an additional parking structure here on the campus," said Pollard.
Until that happens, the anonymous nurse hopes the hospital agrees to some short-term solutions.
"I mean they could offer to give everyone monthly cards to park at Blaisdale for free," she said.
"Or they could provide a shuttle to and from the Blaisdale for safety issues."
Concessions, this nurse and others say, would show, the hospital cares about its employees.