Why Does a Hospital/Medical Center Need Professional Assistance With Their Pavements?
Hospitals and medical centers are unique environments. Patients may be transported by ambulance, taxi, privately owned vehicles, law enforcement officers or facilities, or social services, and new patients may arrive at any hour of the day or night if the facility offers an urgent care clinic or an emergency room. Many arrivals may have mobility issues, so the facility must be able to accommodate patients on gurneys or in wheelchairs as well as those who must use canes, crutches, or walkers. Patients who are admitted to a hospital may receive visitors during their stays, and the needs of their visitors must also be accommodated. When you consider all of these points, you can see that rough, damaged, or slippery pavements can present some major issues for patients, ambulance attendants, and everyone else. The Americans with Disabilities Act recognizes that a hospital or medical center is a unique environment, so some regulations are more stringent for hospitals than for other enterprises.
For example, a retailer’s parking lot with 500 spaces only needs to provide a minimum of nine accessible spaces, with two of them being van-accessible, but some medical facilities will need to provide between 50 and 100 accessible spaces if their parking lots contain 500 spaces. What many facility managers do not realize is that the ADA was revised in 2010. Therefore, even if they were in full compliance before the revision, they may not currently be compliant. At 3-D Paving, we know the requirements of the ADA and other regulations as they pertain to medical facilities, so we can help you ensure that your parking lot and other pavements are compliant.
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