(St. Thomas, ON) – St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is making changes to parking rates in all lots effective Nov. 30, 2015. A flat rate of $5 will be in effect. This represents an increase of $1 in the South and East Lots and a decrease of $1 in the Emergency Department Lot. Staff and physician rates are also increasing at this time.
STEGH implemented a flat rate parking fee in 2013 and eliminated hourly parking rates at that time. This is the first increase since that time.
“There is a misconception that the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care funds the maintenance of parking facilities for Ontario hospitals, when in reality this simply isn’t the case,” says Tonya Sheldon, Chief Financial Officer. “We are dependent upon these critical dollars we generate through parking to help fund the maintenance of our parking facilities and other operational costs, which ultimately benefits our ability to offer safe, patient and family-centred care.
STEGH’s parking rates are equal to or less than our peer hospital’s across the region.
The parking machines will continue to take coins or credit cards only at the exits. Change machines are located by all major entrances.
STEGH also offers weekly and monthly parking passes and these rates are unchanged. These passes are available in the Business Office and at Central Registration in the Emergency Department.