Stephanie Beck Monday, Feb 24, 2020

 

Cherokee Regional Medical Center

300 Sioux Valley Drive

Cherokee, Iowa  51012

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

Kent Lundquist

(712) 225-3368 ext. 202

klundquist@cherokeermc.org

 

February 24, 2020

 

Cherokee Regional Medical Center to Secure Entrances

 

Effective Monday, March 2, 2020, Cherokee Regional Medical Center (CRMC) will begin locking all exterior doors to the general public during daytime hours except for the Main Entrance (by the CRMC Specialty Clinic), the Cherokee Regional Clinic (CRC) Entrance, and the CRMC Emergency Entrance. These measures are being implemented to increase security at the facility for the overall safety of the patients, visitors, and staff of Cherokee Regional Medical Center.

 

All patients/visitors will still be able to enter through the Main Entrance between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; the CRC Entrance between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (unless closed for a holiday or weather related issues); or through the Emergency Entrance which will remain continuously accessible to the public.

 

Two entry points, in particular, that will no longer be open to patients and visitors will be the north entrance (between the CRMC Wellness Center the CRMC Physical Medicine and Rehab Department), and the CRMC walkway ramp entrance along North 1st Street.  Patients and visitors who have routinely used these entrances in the past are urged to plan accordingly as these doors will no longer be accessible to patients and visitors.

 

To help address these changes in regard to parking, CRMC will be making changes to designated parking areas to ensure they have more “Patient Only Parking” accessible closer to the Emergency Entrance. The area that will become “Patient Only Parking” will be parking stalls by the helipad and continuing along the retaining wall to the west of the ambulance garage. This area will be indicated through signage. Effective March 2nd, the area to the north of the hospital (along the railing) will no longer be labeled as “Patient Only Parking” as the public will not be able to enter through that secured entrance.

 

CRMC thanks everyone in advance for their understanding and, again, reiterates the need to be a more secure facility to help ensure the safety of their patients, visitors, and staff. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please feel free to contact the CRMC administrative offices at 712-225-1505.