Hospital to change visitor entrances for security purposes

TOPEKA, Kan. – In an effort to improve safety for patients, visitors and staff, Stormont-Vail HealthCare will implement changes to visitor entrances at the hospital. The changes will be effective Monday, March 17, 2014.

Hospital visitors are encouraged to park in the main parking garage, near 9th and Garfield, and enter through the main entrance, which is open 24-hours-a-day. A photo ID will be required for entry between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Beginning March 17, the South Tower and Surgery entrances will open at 5 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. (currently open until 9 p.m.). Also on March 17, the Pozez Education Center entrance will become a staff-only entrance. Visitors attending events in the Pozez Education Center should park in the garage, enter through the main entrance, and follow the signs to the Education Center.

The South Tower Outpatient Center entrance hours will remain the same, opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m. As always, the Emergency Department will continue to be open to patients 24/7.

“We know this may be a transition for some and apologize for any inconvenience,” said Randy Peterson, Stormont-Vail HealthCare President and CEO. “However, safety for all is our number one priority.”


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