The cost of health care just went up in Westchester – by $2. Westmed, the county’s largest medical group, is now charging a $2 parking fee for patients who visit its 210 Westchester Ave. location.
The fee will help the medical group recover some of the money it spent building a 100-car parking garage, the only place to park at the office.
A spokeswoman wouldn’t say how much the group spent on the garage. A letter sent to patients from WestMed president Simeon Schwartz and director Barney Newman says that they “understand everyone’s frustrations and concerns in adjusting to the new system.”
Here’s the WestMed announcement:
As we have announced on our Web site and in telephone messages and signs, we have started to collect a $2 parking fee at our 210 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, medical office. We understand everyone’s frustrations and concerns in adjusting to the new system.
Please realize we built the new one-level parking garage because the quality of care, safety, and convenience of all of our patients is important to us. What’s more, it is necessary to provide you with sufficient parking to enable you to access the highest quality of care provided by WESTMED physicians, radiology, lab services and urgent care.
WESTMED made a serious investment to build the parking garage to Town specifications and to comply with strict zoning laws and regulations. We encountered higher than expected costs to achieve full compliance. The $2 parking fee helps to defray the costs and difficulties we’ve had in making these accommodations.
Unlike the charges at many medical and municipal facilities, the $2 parking fee at 210 Westchester Avenue remains the same—no matter how long your visit to the office. Also, there is a 15-minute grace period to allow for dropping off and picking up patients.
We continually look to improve patient care and appreciate your confidence in us as a quality healthcare provider.
Simeon Schwartz, MD Barney Newman, MD
President Medical Director