MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A security change is in place at Baptist East, Baptist South, and Prattville Baptist hospitals. As of Nov. 19, Baptist Health says all visitors will have to show a government-issued photo ID to check-in.
“You see it all too often how many safety concerns are happening and they can come from anywhere at any time,” said Kadie Agnew, Baptist Health Marketing and Communications Manager. “We want to alleviate those concerns within the walls of Baptist Hospitals.”
The check-in process will take place at the security desks, located at the main entrances of Baptist East, Baptist South, and Prattville Baptist hospitals.
“We already have visitor policies in place, but this system will just allow us to know where people are headed. We want to know that we can have extra security presence especially with large crowds,” said Agnew.
Visitors will be given a badge that must be worn throughout their visit. The badge, good only for the day of issue, will include information such as the person’s photo, name, and the department they’re visiting. It’s issued with a system called “Badgepass”.
“We were kind of in a fortunate situation that we could be proactive about it,” Agnew explained. “We researched, learned from and visited other hospitals across the country, and saw that Badgepass was really successful.”
Baptist Health says the added security measure is a way of protecting its patients, visitors, and staff and comes in addition to 24/7/365 video surveillance of its facilities.
“We strive for excellence in healthcare, and we firmly believe that our physicians, team members, patients and visitors deserve excellence in safety measures as well,” Agnew said.
The Badgepass system has been successfully used around the country, not just in hospitals, on school campuses and businesses as well.