Kaiser Permanente employees face parking change

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some Kaiser Permanente employees aren't happy about a new parking arrangement at the Moanalua Medical Center.  Starting July 11 nearly 350 employees will have to park near the airport and then take a shuttle to the hospital.

The shuttle will run every 15 minutes and take 10-12 minutes to get from the lot to the medical center.  Employees say it will add to their commute time and they still have to pay $30 a month to park, although the first three months will be free during the transition period.

Employees had been paying $30 a month to park at the First Assembly of God Church next door but they need the land back. Hospital administration looked at all options and the only feasible alternative was parking off site.

Employees that work a night shift will be allowed to park on site.

The hospital says patients and guests are not affected by the changes and will still be able to park in the medical centers' garage on site.

One employee who has worked there for seven years says she's disappointed in the way Kaiser is treating their staff.

Another employee said she's concerned because she will not be able to pick up her children from school on time if she has to take the shuttle. All of the employees we spoke with wished to remain anonymous.

"We know this is not easy for employees and it will take some adjustment.  We looked at every other possible option and this was the best solution.  We are doing this to better serve our patients and their families.  We want to make sure there is ample parking available for patients or those visiting a friend or family member at the Moanalua Medical Center," said Laura Lott, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Spokesperson.

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