Visitors to Florida's Medical Center of Trinity are quickly discovering how much of an emphasis the hospital places on security, the Pasco Tribune reports.
According to the news source, hospital visitors who come to visit patients are required to show their ID cards at the reception desk of either the main entrance, emergency room or patient check-in entrance. Upon showing the proper identification, visitors will be issued a badge that grants them access.
Though the security policy requiring visitors to obtain badges has been received with surprise from some residents, Thibaut van Marcke, chief operating officer of Medical Center of Trinity, told the news source that the added security represents the current trend in the hospital industry.
"Hospitals are private places of business, but we open our doors and we don't really take any precautionary measures to know who's coming in," van Marcke explained. "Employees have been badged for years. Physicians are badged. A few years ago, we started badging vendors when they are in the building. For us, this was the completion of making sure all folks coming into the facility are badged."
The hospital uses Fast-Pass technology to make the process more efficient. Visitors will have their ID scanned, a photo taken of them and will have a paper badge printed with their name, the room number they are visiting and "guest" status, the news source said.
Though the system does not include a background check, van Marcke noted that the technology allows the hospital to go back and see when a person checked in.
According to its website, Medical Center of Trinity is a 236-bed facility and has received recognition for its heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia and surgical care from the Joint Commission. The hospital opened in February.