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Vanderbilt Medical Center Implements Parking Fee

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A recent announcement that Vanderbilt University Medical Center will charge a fee for anyone parking at one of its 21st Avenue garages has upset frequent patients.

This road called life for 6-month-old Blake Marcum has not been easy.

"He wasn't growing like he should have been, so they were going to have to take him early because they figured he would grow better on the outside instead of in the womb," said Blake's mother Kara Marcum.

She said because doctors have not discovered what is causing his development complications, his doctor visits are often.

"He's six months and we have over 70 doctor's appointments and that doesn't include his hospitalizations, his surgeries," said Kara.

You can imagine when Kara heard about Vanderbilt's plans to charge anyone using one of the three 21st avenue garages $7 to park, she was not happy.

"That adds up quickly and I already got enough on my plate," she said.

A spokesperson with the medical center only said this fee is necessary as it moves towards an automated parking monitoring system, similar to other medical center complexes across the county.

Kara said she just hopes everyone is aware of the changes and the hospital will consider implementing some breaks for patients whose lives depend on those frequent visits, "maybe $1, maybe $2, maybe we validate for people who have doctor visits and things like that. These parents have enough to deal with."

In a press release Vanderbilt Medical Center said they will offer discounted parking passes for patients staying five, 10 even 30 days. They also said when you buy a parking pass, you are able to come and go as much as you need within 24 hours of buying that pass.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has not released when it will implement the parking fee nor has it been announced what the discount prices will be for patients staying an extended amount of time.


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