We have many programs in place for the safety of our patients, visitors and staff. You each take great care of our patients and keep them from harm. It’s our job to do the same for you. While we can’t prevent every bad thing from happening, there is a lot we can do to minimize the risks of working in healthcare in an urban setting.
The high-risk patient program has helped to prevent injury to our staff from patients and their family members over the last couple of years. There are many other factors that can make our staff feel unsafe or uncomfortable, and we are working to address those that we can.
- Along with a dedicated security guard in the ED, there is an off-duty police officer during peak times.
- Our security officers are available to escort staff to their vehicles at any time.
- We are in the process of having lights replaced in the parking lots.
- An additional 24 security cameras will be installed on campus, many in the parking lots.
- Workplace violence training has been offered in many areas and will continue.
Unfortunately, we as an organization also need to recognize that our hospital, patients or staff could be targeted by those who intend to do us harm or even by terrorists. The Emergency Management Committee works to help prevent or manage a variety of possible scenarios and regularly holds drills to train for response. An active shooter drill is planned for Feb. 28 – March 1 that will involve several units.
Take steps to keep yourself safe. You can find some tips on The Landing. As always, we ask our associates to be vigilant. We join with the Department of Homeland Security to suggest that if you “See Something, Say Something.” Click here for a video on the topic. Please report anything you see that feels “off” or seems out of the ordinary. I encourage you to report even if it turns out to be nothing.
I hope you’ve been enjoying the weekly contests. We’ve tried to come up with some fun trivia and useful prizes. We’re also trying to encourage people to read the newsletter more regularly.
For the question about the roots of Valentine’s Day and the meaning of Lupercalia, we were ready to give out 10 prizes. Only five new people responded, though, so all five get the Café/Coffee Cart gift cards: Ismelda Banuelos, Room Service; Patricia Duran, Telemetry; Christina Jason, West Pines; Melissa Kroll, Room Service and Chrissy Leroux, Patient Safety.
Lupercalia was an ancient Roman fertility festival celebrated on Feb. 15, for those who are still wondering. Pope Gelasius declared it a Christian feast day in honor of St. Valentine in the fifth century, to be celebrated on Feb. 14.
Here is another chance to win – this time we’ll give out two Lutheran Way vests if you can answer this question: One of Lutheran’s buildings was named after Walter K. Koch. He was president of what local company?
Send your answers by Thursday, Feb. 23, to LMCCommunications@slchs.net to be entered in the drawing. Lutheran associates only, please. Managers, directors, senior leaders and previous winners aren’t eligible.
Have a great week,