Mercy Health - West Hospital Teams with West Side Students to Solve Parking Challenge

(CINCINNATI; April 29, 2014) – Just a few months after opening, Mercy Health – West Hospital is facing a parking challenge and using a creative way to solve it.

“The response of our community to West Hospital is greater than we expected. While it’s a good challenge for us to face, we need address expanding our parking options for the convenience and comfort of our patients,” said Michael Kramer, Site Administrator and Vice President of Operations at West Hospital.

Kramer turned to three of Mercy Health’s partner schools on the West Side – Mother of Mercy High School, McAuley High school and Harrison High School – for help with this real world issue, securing the services of teams of talented students who volunteered to come up with a creative solution to the parking conundrum.

On Thursday, March 27, student representatives from each school met for the first time with Kramer, who outlined their two-part challenge:

• Come up with long and short-term solutions for parking that can meet peak parking demand scenarios for hospital and Medical Office Building staff while still allowing for ample patient parking
• Evaluate the long-term and short-term plans Mercy Health has put in place tentatively to determine which might be the best solution

Students from each school will work in teams using hospital blueprints and spreadsheets detailing potential peak parking demand and actual parking demand to evaluate current long- and short-term solutions and come up with new ways to resolve the issues. They will present their recommendations and new solutions at the hospital at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 1.

A team of physicians, practice managers and hospital employees will evaluate the presentations, scoring them on creativity, feasibility and projected outcome. While all the teams will gain real world experience in solving a complicated problem, the winning team will win $250 for its school.

“I share the excitement with our students and their Advisor Lisa Nissen in being given this opportunity. Applying their classroom learning with a realistic problem is the ultimate learning experience. Thank you to Mercy Health for making this happen! We are blessed to share a partnership that benefits so many of our students,” said Cheryl Sucher, President of McAuley High School.

"Mother of Mercy students and teachers are excited about this opportunity to interact with hospital professionals and propose a solution to a real-world problem,” said David Mueller, Principal, Mother of Mercy High School. “We are grateful for our partnership with the hospital."

“We are so fortunate to be in a community that gives so much to our students. We encourage Harrison High School students to return that good fortune and give back to the community themselves. This project illustrates one way in which our students share their talents and time with the community,” said Davis Baker, Principal, Harrison High School.

This is just one of example of the productive partnerships Mercy Health has with its 28 partner schools. In addition to providing certified full time athletic trainers and team physicians to help student athletes stay healthy and be well, school partnerships with Mercy Health also provide a number of other benefits, including:
• opportunities to participate in developing creative solutions to real-world challenges
• availability of top quality diagnostic tools to help students and staff manage their health
• a comprehensive roster of medical professionals to address important health topics with students and staff