Penrose Hospital clarifies parking policy


  • Bethany Alvarez

This week, reporter Samantha Silverman wrote about Penrose Hospital's parking policy, which requires employees to park at satellite lots and take a shuttle into work or pay to park onsite.

Some employees are displeased with the system, which allows them to be fined or even fired should they choose to park in the surrounding Old North End neighborhood and walk into work instead.

As the story noted, physicians, certain technicians, and independent contractors are allowed to park onsite. But Penrose representatives wanted to clarify that they aren't excepted from the policy because of their wages or status.

The policy, the representatives clarified, is that doctors are given emergency parking spaces, where they are allowed to park short-term in a true emergency. Physicians also have their own spaces at the onsite lot, but have to rent those spots.

The others allowed to park onsite without paying a daily fee are given free spots because they are not employees of the hospital, but tenants. But those spaces are limited, and should they be filled, those workers also must either opt for a shuttle or paid parking.

The system, the representatives said, is intended to be fair to employees.

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