Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. received one of six designations this year for the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) Program of Distinction.

Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) is central Pennsylvania’s only Level I Trauma Center. With more than 2,000 healthcare professionals, GMC provides round-the-clock care for patients. Designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Geisinger Medical Center is able to provide the highest level of care for patients suffering a stroke.

IAHSS recognizes outstanding qualifying healthcare security and safety departments with the Program of Distinction. Hospitals / Facilities qualify for the Program of Distinction by achieving and maintaining a minimum level of certified officers, managers and directors within their security department. Participants are encouraged to obtain the highest level of certification possible. 

"Achieving the IAHSS Program of Distinction designation reflects Geisinger’s commitment to ensuring a safe and secure healthcare environment, and offering the highest level of care from both clinical and support departments," John Oast Jr., Security Manager at Geisinger Medical Center told Security. "It also reflects the dedication and professionalism of the Geisinger Security Services staff in maintaining the most up to date training."

To qualify for the IAHSS Program of Distinction 70% of the security officers must hold a current Basic, Advanced or Supervisor certification. The director or administrative leader of the security department must also be a current Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA). The IAHSS Program of Distinction is achieved by the healthcare security department, not the organization and is valid for two years at which time the department must renew.

This year, Geisinger Medical Center was joined by five other organizations to earn this designation:

 2021    Geisinger Medical Center   Danville PA
 2021    Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital   Los Angeles CA
 2021   Children's Wisconsin   Wauwatosa WI
 2021   WellStar Cobb Hospital   Austell GA
 2021   Portneuf Medical Center   Pocatello ID
 2021   HCA Houston Clear Lake   Webster TX