Mark Reed embodies the spirit of a security leader. Since he joined the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, he has fostered a collaborative team environment in support of operations and infrastructure. He spearheaded changes to the Hospital Preparedness Program and implemented a Quality Control Preparation Plan; coordinated Workplace Violence Program revisions; as well as established certification programs for the Security Department, resulting in a International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) Program of Distinction Designation.
Reed says, “I am most proud of our Public Safety team being selected for the IAHSS Foundation Lindberg Bell for demonstrating outstanding healthcare security. We have been successful in implementing leading-edge security technologies while significantly improving our training and certification programs for staff which has shown a significant reduction in incidents.”
As Director of Support Services, Reed's primary responsibility is to ensure a safe and secure environment for patients, staff and visitors. In addition, he oversees the security services, PBX, workplace violence prevention program, parking, investigations, emergency management program, and the Safety and Environment of Care departments.
Previously, Reed was security manager at Huntington Hospital, responsible for development and oversight of the security management program for the main campus, immediate surrounding properties and off-site facilities.
There, he oversaw inspection of the hospital and grounds to ensure safety and security was maintained at all times; and evaluation, planning and development recommendations regarding facility access control and alarm systems, infant security monitoring, and safety procedures to eliminate or reduce unsafe and hazardous conditions.
He was also chief of security and shift supervisor/unit manager at CoreCivic and served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Telecommunications Specialist and on Active Duty state in support of the Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
Reed possesses a plethora of certifications and designations demonstrating excellence, such as Terrorism Liaison Officer Joint Regional Intelligence Center, FEMA Professional Development Series Certification, Disaster Preparedness for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations, InfraGard Infrastructure Liaison Officer, IAHSS Supervisor Certification, and ACA Certified Correctional Manager.
In addition to his responsibilities, Reed is involved in several community and professional organizations, locally and across the nation, including Chair of the Safety and Security Committee for the Hospital Association of Southern California Security; as Board Member and LA/OC Chapter Chair of the International Association Healthcare Security and Safety; and as ASIS International Greater L.A., Calif. Chapter Vice-Chair. In 2019, he was recognized with an Outstanding Security Team OSPA award, presented at ASIS Global Security Exchange (GSX).
“For future security professionals, I would encourage them to always work towards learning and staying engaged. Professional associations offer valuable training, education and networking opportunities. They have been a key factor to staying innovative and allow the ability to discuss important technology, best practices and training with peers,” says Reed.