Three neighborly employees at Humboldt General Hospital are urging their
co-workers to park on-site and leave the park parking to others.
At the Tuesday, May 28, meeting of the Humboldt County Hospital District
Board of Trustees, hospital employees Rick McComb, Lonnie Hammargren and
Louis Mendiola said they decided to ask their fellow staff members to
be better neighbors after City of Winnemucca officials expressed some
dissatisfaction with hospital employees using public parking spots at
Vesco City Park during their shifts.
McComb told the hospital board there are actually 142 employee parking
spaces, but on weekdays (the hospital's busiest time) there are only
about 130 employees at work.
So the three men decided to meet with their co-workers in an effort to
work on a solution that would work for all involved.
The group first decided to relocate some EMS vehicles and trailers to other
areas in order to free up employee parking spots.
Additionally, the three began handing out car air fresheners that say:
"Parking like a good neighbor . . . makes "GOOD SCENTS"—an
excellent visual and olfactory reminder of the group's desire to be
To the three men's delight, staff members answered the call loud and clear.
Just two weeks after the memo went out to staff members to use employee
parking lots, McComb wrote in all-staff email, "Wow! I'm impressed!
I had to go help a clinic today. On my way there I noted that the city
park parking spots across the street had but one car there and that was
a patient. Thank you very, very much to everyone who has made an effort
to relocate to HGH employee parking and improving our relationship with
City of Winnemucca officials were impressed as well. McComb and Hammargren
attended the Tuesday, June 17, meeting of the Winnemucca City Council
where they filled in members on the voluntary parking policy changes hospital
staff members have made.
"They were very pleased and happy with this," said McComb of
the officials. "They wanted to express their gratitude to all employees
who have relocated to our employee parking areas."
McComb said employees have had some reservations in the past about utilizing
employee parking located at the hospital's helipad, as crosswalks
between Haskell Street and the hospital campus are not well marked.
He said hospital owner representative Mike Sheppard indicated a bid request
has been submitted to have crosswalks repainted, however, and for a pedestrian
activated flashing yellow light to be installed before the end of September.
The hospital has also installed high intensity flood lights on that parking
lot, and McComb said maintenance crews will be reviewing the location
of security cameras and installing additional units as warranted.
McComb said he is excited about the staff's willingness to share in
a solution to the parking issues. "Being a good neighbor means compromise,"
he said, "and we plan to make good communication an ongoing event."