Councilor Applauds Hospital’s Parking Plan

OSWEGO, NY – Ann Gilpin, CEO of Oswego Health and Jeff Coakley, vice president for strategic services, gave a presentation to council members Monday night regarding the organization’s economic impact on the Port City.

Oswego Health is more than just the hospital, Gilpin said.

Oswego Hospital is part of the Oswego Health system, which also includes The Manor at Seneca Hill, a 120-bed skilled nursing home that also offers rehabilitation services and an adult day health program; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement community for independent seniors age 62 and older; as well as The Fulton Medical Center and The Central Square Medical Center. Both centers include an urgent care, lab, medical imaging and physical therapy services.

Oswego Hospital has been meeting the healthcare needs of Oswego County since 1881. During the past 132 years, it’s grown from a facility with six beds to a 164-bed acute care community hospital.

The hospital has more than 160 on-staff physicians in more than 25 specialties who not only have the best training, but also the most up-to-date equipment. Complementing our physicians is a knowledgeable and caring staff.

“We provide care for all who come through our doors, we do not turn anyone away,” she said.

Those who work for Oswego Health purchase goods and services locally and pay local taxes, she added.

Eighty-five percent of their employees live in the county “and they are an important contributor the local economy,” Gilpin said. “Every dollar spent creates more jobs and demand for more products and services,” she said. “Oswego Health employees paid an estimated $2,550,000 in property taxes throughout the county in 2013.”

Coakley pointed out the ripple effect because those dollars are circulated again and again.

The hospital also collaborates with the city to provide certain services (such as drug testing and physicals).

They are also moving forward with a plan to help relieve the parking congestion on the streets surrounding Oswego Hospital, he said.

“That creates a bit of another issue when we’re creating parking lots that are vast in the midst of our green neighborhoods. So, we want to do that cautiously and effectively. We’ve been communicating with the Renaissance Committee to understand what’s important from their perspective for revitalizing the community,” Coakley said.

The hospital’s existing parking lot is roughly 100 spaces.

They hope to enlarge it sufficiently to get visitors as well as employees off the street.

“We want to create a parking area that is more attractive than the existing parking area,” he added.

They have been working with an architect and have come up with a plan that includes adding green space to the parking lot so when you look across the lot you see some trees instead of just a lot of cars, he said.

“That’s what we’re trying to do here, is come up with the best possible solution to the parking. This is just an initial review of that. We actually have, what is described by our architects as three rain gardens in this parking area,” Coakley said.

The parking congestion on the neighboring streets is really bad, Third Ward Councilor Michael Todd said, “Especially in the winter time, you can go really a week without getting them completely cleared.”

“I want to thank you guys for coming to the table with this plan. This will really help alleviate a lot of the problem for those residents,” Todd said. “This is going to go along way in helping those residents down there.”