Keeping staff and patients safe while maintaining an open facility is just one of the challenges facing security teams in hospital and healthcare settings. Security and SDM find out more from both ends of the syringe: healthcare end users and integrators. Diane Ritchey, editor of Security, and Laura Stepanek, editor of SDM, recently spoke with end users and integrators in healthcare security about what drives this important market.
A recent OSHA inspection of a Maine psychiatric hospital found more than 90 instances from 2008 through 2010 in which workers were assaulted on the job by patients. The hospital was cited for not providing its workers with adequate safeguards against workplace violence and a fine of more than $6,000 was proposed. OSHA has also recently cited facilities in New York and Massachusetts where employees have been killed as a result of assaults.
Kansas City, Missouri. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Nashville Metropolitan Government. And Hennepin County, Minnesota. Four different government agencies that vary in size, physical characteristics, geography, history and culture. But the security directors responsible for securing these municipalities are finding common ground in their unique needs and challenges, which include funding, meeting demanding constituent needs and having the right technology.
“What’s 9/11?” my 7-year-old recently asked me. I had not planned on having that discussion yet. But I did. I told both of my daughters about the events of that day 10 years ago, placing special emphasis on the positive as I explained a very negative situation. Most importantly, I stressed to them how much more aware we are today, although it took a horrendous event in our nation’s history to get there.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Stephen Morrill spoke to the FBI, dealt with the media, executed a crisis management plan, comforted a grieving family and assisted company employees get safely home. And all that was all before the end of the business day.
Brian J. Allen doesn’t like the unknown, especially when it comes to managing risk at Time Warner Cable, where he is chief of security. Allen, who is also on the Board of Directors of ASIS International and a member of the CSO Roundtable, shares his thoughts on leadership and why the unknown keeps him up at night, yet challenges him as well.
Each year, Security magazine honors top security executives who positively affect the security industry, their organization, their colleagues and their peers. They change the security landscape for the better. They are nominated by their colleagues and associates, and they are chosen based upon their leadership qualities and the overall positive impact that their security projects, programs or departments have on their shareholders, organizations, colleagues and the general public.
There is no shortage of news stories dealing with cybercrime and data breaches. From Citigroup admitting that computer hackers breached the bank’s network and accessed the data of about 200,000 bank card holders in North America, to the huge data breach at Sony and its Playstation Network, it’s all over the news.