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New Parking Facility Activation Ceremony


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Photo of new parking facility at the Bay Pines VA

The new parking facility officially opened to patients and visitors on September 18, 2013.

By Bay Pines VAHCS Office of Public Affairs
Monday, October 7, 2013

The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) will host a short ceremony to commemorate the activation of a new 500-space parking facility on Oct. 11 at 10:00 a.m.  The event will take place outside the new structure located adjacent to the Bay Pines VA Medical Center.

On the day of the event, the first 200 patients and visitors who park in the facility will receive a voucher for a free 16 oz. drink.  Vouchers will be available starting at 7:30 a.m. and will be distributed by volunteers located near main pedestrian entrances/exits inside the garage.

The new parking facility officially opened to patients and visitors on Sept. 18 increasing total parking capacity at the medical center to about 3,000 spaces.  The facility is one of several completed or ongoing construction projects occurring across the Bay Pines VAHCS.

“It is wonderful that we are able to continue building and expanding our services to benefit our nation’s heroes,” said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VAHCS.  “The new parking facility has provided much needed parking and has had an immediate and beneficial impact on our medical center campus.”

The parking facility activation ceremony is open to Veterans and their families, VA employees, volunteers and members of the local media.  Members of the media interested in covering the event are encouraged to contact the Bay Pines VAHCS Office of Public Affairs at 727-398-9531 or email

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 3,500 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida.  The Bay Pines VAHCS is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The healthcare system is also a three-time winner of the Robert W. Carey Circle of Excellence Award, the VA’s top honor for quality achievement.

The healthcare system operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring.

Every year Bay Pines VAHCS  treats approximately 100,000 Veterans while providing a full range of high quality medical, psychiatric, and extended care services in outpatient, inpatient, nursing home, and home care settings.  For more information about the Bay Pines VAHCS, please visit or “like” us on Facebook at