McDowell Hospital Announces Traffic Shift and Parking Change as Construction Progresses

ASHEVILLE, NC (May 22, 2017) – An upcoming change in traffic flow at McDowell Hospital will be taking effect beginning June 1st, and will be in place for patients, visitors, and staff alike from that time until completion of the new facility’s flat parking lot in August 2018. The traffic flow change is necessary to accommodate the continuing construction of the new hospital facility and adjoining medical office building, both slated for completion early next year.

Beginning June 1st, the current visitor parking on the north side of the campus will be no longer be available. Visitor parking will be relocated on the west end of the hospital at the back of the current facility. In the interest of maximum safety to both drivers and pedestrian visitors to the campus, precautions will be taken and safeguards put in place on the hospital’s grounds, including additional crosswalks, strategically placed safety barriers, and restriped pavement to clearly differentiate one and two-way areas of the road that surround the hospital. Shuttle service will be expanded to provide maximum service to our patients, visitors and staff.

The Emergency Room and Main Entrance patient drop off areas will remain in the current locations Directional signage will be updated and added to assist in ensuring visitors are able to navigate the campus with ease and awareness. Emergency parking spaces will remain available on the south side of the hospital, closest to the Emergency Department entrance. The majority of road that surrounds the hospital will be one-way, which will improve safety for vehicles entering the hospital area as well as pedestrians.

Click here to see an updated parking map for McDowell Hospital.

“During the construction of the new facility, the safety of our patients, visitors, guests, employees, and construction workers has been and will remain the top priority as we develop traffic flow patterns to adjust to the impact of the project. Creating a one-way traffic flow for campus access during this next phase will promote safety for all involved. Our wonderful staff and volunteers will continue to assist our community in navigating the campus while we look forward to the completion of the project in 2018,” said Carol Wolfenbarger, RN, BSN, MSN, FACHE, and President, McDowell Hospital.

The new McDowell Hospital facility will offer numerous benefits to patients, their families, and caregivers, including an expanded and enhanced Emergency Department with behavioral health service provision capabilities, centralized imaging, a new Medical Office Building that will house a wide range of specialists, and a better environment and tools for providing ambulatory care.


McDowell Hospital, a member of Mission Health, is a not-for-profit community hospital serving McDowell County. Located in Marion, N.C., McDowell Hospital is licensed for 65 beds and has more than 400 team members, including 120 RNs. Medical specialties offered include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, orthopedics, urology, and obstetrics and gynecology. Currently, five of McDowell Hospital’s primary care practices have been recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as Rural Health Clinics. McDowell Hospital has received an “A” in patient safety from the Leapfrog organization for Spring 2017 (Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 as well). For more information, please visit


Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system and was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems from 2012-2015 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters, becoming the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post- acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 team members and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit or @MissionHealthNC.

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