Parking officially free for most at Shands at UF

Published: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 10:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 10:17 p.m.

Parking at Shands at the University of Florida became free Monday for most of its visitors and all of its patients— about 2,000 people a day.

Patients and their visitors still must pick up a ticket when they enter a parking garage at the medical centers, but they can get parking vouchers at their point of service. When they exit the parking areas, they can hand the vouchers to the attendant.

Free valet parking continues to be available for patients at the Shands Critical Care Center at UF, Shands at UF Chest Pain emergency room and Shands Hospital for Children Pediatric emergency room, officials said.

The $1.5 million a year needed for garage maintenance that has been paid by parking fees will be split between doctors and the Shands at UF medical center.

More details, including a fact sheet, answers to frequently asked questions and other resources, are available at

“Our patients have been waiting to hear the words ‘free parking,’ ” said Dr. David Guzick, senior vice president for health affairs and president of the UF&Shands Health System in a prepared statement. “We are excited to be able to say those words and to keep exploring new ways of improving patient care at UF&Shands.”

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