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EASLEY – Maintaining a safe hospital is of chief concern to Baptist Easley’s Manager of Safety, Richard Collins.

“It is the mission of senior leadership at Baptist Easley Hospital to create a safe environment for patients, for visitors, and for staff,” Collins said. “They have invested in our mission by supporting security personnel as they have embarked on this endeavor to earn this international certification.”

Baptist Easley Hospital was awarded the Program of Distinction Certification from the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS).

“Baptist Easley Hospital joined a list of only 24 other hospitals worldwide to achieve this certification,” Collins said. “In order to achieve this certification the organization must have a security director who has achieved the Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator designation, and at least 70 percent of security officers must have achieved basic, advanced, or supervisory designations from IAHSS, and the hospital has to demonstrate that it has implemented processes, policies, and procedures that enhance the safety and security of the organization.”

According to Collins, this international distinction places Baptist Easley in prestigious company.

“We joined some prestigious company by receiving this certification,” Collins said. “There are some smaller hospitals on there but you also see the Mayo Clinic, the Greenville Hospital System, and some other big names.”

Collins said credit should be given to the security officers of Baptist Easley for the international distinction.

“The real credit should go to the security officers themselves,” he said. “They really had to work hard to get this certification. They had to pass an exam by scoring 70 percent or greater, and we require all of our officers to obtain basic security certification from IAHSS. The credit should go to them for their hard work and what they have done.”

The focus of the security officers at Baptist Easley revolves around its people.

“They really focus on customer service and taking care of our patients, our visitors, and our staff,” Collins said. “This certification is something else that lends credibility to that mission so we are very proud.”

Collins said Baptist Easley is required to conduct two safety drills annually and has recently included additional security features.

“We have emergency call boxes and anyone on our campus can quickly access one,” he said. “We have additional camera coverage and improved visibility by trimming trees and increasing light around the campus. There are a number of things the hospital has invested in to improve security.”

According to Collins, the community can also take pride in the care taken by the hospital.

“I think the community can be proud as well,” Collins said. “What this certification means is we put safety and security high on our list of priorities. We want everyone in the community to have the very best experience when they come to Baptist Easley because if you don’t feel safe and secure in an environment, you are not going to have a good experience. We are very happy with what this does for the community.”

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