Woman’s Hospital wins 2022 Safety Star Award for its commitment to improving campus security

December 02, 2022

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana Hospital Association Trust Funds (LHA Trust Funds) designated Woman’s Hospital as one of its 2022 Safety Star Award winners. The Safety Star Award is presented to healthcare facilities that develop and implement new, innovative ideas to improve patient safety. 

Safety Star Award winners receive recognition from LHA Trust Funds and a $10,000 award for the facility. Winners also receive paid registration and expenses for the facility CEO to attend the LHA Winter Symposium and one designated staff member to attend the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management Conference.

To decrease chances of workplace violence, Woman's conducted a comprehensive safety assessment to identify all potential vulnerabilities on its campus. As a result, Woman’s restructured its security program, created an internal security force and implemented a “Fast-Pass” tracking system that requires all visitors to register with a photo ID. 

Woman’s transitioned to an in-house security system, stationing armed Security Response Officers (SROs) and other unarmed guards throughout the facility. SROs are highly skilled security professionals who typically have backgrounds in law enforcement and/or military and are trained in a number of different security threat scenarios including response to an active shooter/gun threat. Additional security investments include:

  • Patient/Clinical care rapid lockdown system
  • Two new Mobile Security vehicles
  • “Woman’s First Alert” Emergency Notification System
  • Enhanced departmental training exercises
  • LED lights in campus parking lots

Woman’s is dedicated to improving the health and safety of all patients, families and employees who walk through its doors. Visit womans.org/visitors to learn more about campus visitation and safety policies.