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Default to Positive
Many people are afraid to be the ‘first one on the block’ to try something new. Sure you can get burned. Like the first guy who invented fire got burned, but since then, that invention has worked out very well for all mankind. Let your default reaction be positive.
Possibly you are the first to try something because you are the first one introduced to it. Don’t immediately say no.
The first person who traded in their Blackberry for that new I-phone thing was probably nervous. Again, that worked out pretty well for everyone. Say yes!
Yes, I’ll try a light bulb instead of a candle. Yes, I’ll read on my Kindle instead of from a book. Yes, I’ll put chocolate in my peanut butter. Start today and set your default to positive.
Who knows, maybe that early morning phone call isn’t bad news but Publishers Clearing House calling to see if you’re home.
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Our goal is to make the process from order, to shipping, to invoicing and payment, easy and quick. Thank you for your support and patience with this. It is a work in progress and we will keep trying to improve on it.
Hospitals Amp Up Visitor Managment
By Amy Canfield for securitydirectornews.com, 3/11/13
Want to visit someone in the hospital? It used to be if you knew the patient's room number you could breeze in through any public entrance, hop on an elevator and be on your merry way.
Nowadays, though, it's likely that you only have a few entrances available to you and a driver's license or passport is required to visit a patient. And that's not just at major urban hospitals. An increasing number of health-care facilities are restricting public access and deploying technology for ID-based badging systems that check visitors against prohibited-visitor databases and link them to specific patients and permitted areas. Among those databases are sex-offender lists and individual patients' individual restraining orders.
Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla., for example, just installed Sisco's FAST-PASS visitor management system at its three public entrances. Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, N.Y., has begun locking all of its exterior doors except for the entrance to the emergency room. The Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C., now requires photo ID badges for its 3,500 daily visitors and allows the public to enter through only eight doors, down from the previously accessible 35.
Other health-care facilities have increased security as well, some in response to specific incidents, such as a recent attempted rape of a patient at Atlanta Medical Center. But security directors interviewed by Security Director News said they've upgraded security mainly because of growing challenges in general and a new awareness about being proactive in regard to patient safety.
"It's pushing that perimeter of safety away from the patient," said Jeremy Gallman, director of security, safety and emergency management at North Florida Regional Healthcare in Gainesville.
Gallman has been overseeing the rollout of a new visitor management system in Gainesville for more than a year.
Security awareness has been prevalent for years in maternity wards, where babies and mothers have long been securely connected to each other through various identification measures, recently using RFID technology. Children's hospitals have been on high alert as well.
"Children's hospitals have been incorporating stricter security and visitor badges for a number of years," said Marilyn Hollier, director of security and entrance systems for the University of Michigan Health System. "If they're not, they should be."
The UM Health System sees about 25,000 visitors per day at its facilities in Ann Arbor and elsewhere in southeast Michigan, including its renowned C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Hollier said. Security is tightest at the Children's Hospital, where visitors are badged 24/7. Other UM health facilities require that visitors be badged only during nighttime hours, she said, because the sheer volume of daytime visitors requiring a badge would create a logjam.
Like the Fort Myers hospital, the UM Health System has FAST-PASS in place, but it doesn't rely on that system's database, Hollier said. More reliance is placed on the "gut feeling" of employees, who have been trained in non-violent intervention and de-escalation skills, she said. "It's a two-pronged approach. Computers don't give you common sense."
Members of the UMHS guest services department greet each person getting off an elevator and help them find their way to a patient's room. "It's a shared philosophy of security and customer service," said Terry Swarczinski, manager of guest services.
North Florida Regional Healthcare, which sees between 1,000 and 1,500 visitors per day, has been rolling out its visitor management system in the midst of a large building expansion project that is expected to be finished in the second quarter of this year. The facility will add 150 beds and host a level-2 trauma center. NFRH also has six off-site locations, including urgent care facilities and senior health centers. Its system includes self-expiring, color-coded photo IDs for each visitor, letting hospital security know exactly where the visitor is supposed to be.
Finding a system that would interface with the hospital's patient data list as well as internal and sex-offender watch lists was key in his vetting process, Gallman said.
His facility has limited public access to two-and-a-half "pinchpoints," the main lobby, the lobby to the Women's Center and "the half is the ER, if you're in the ER you can't get into the main house," although the emergency room is always accessible, Gallman said.
More Schools Require Photo IDs on Lanyards
Written by Bret Kleman for The Desert Sun, 9/09/13
A school security policy that requires students to wear photo identification dangling on lanyards is expanding through west and mid-Coachella Valley schools.
Nine schools in Desert Sands Unified School District, and five schools in Palm Springs Unified, now require students to wear IDs around their necks. The most recent additions are Amistad Continuation High School and Rancho Mirage High, both of which introduced the policy when classes resumed on Tuesday.
The lanyards have two major security benefits, said Jeff Kaye, district director of security and safety services in Desert Sands Unified. First, the IDs prevent misbehaving students from giving false names to school staff, a concern at larger schools. Secondly, the lanyards verify who is a student and who isn’t. This could be crucial at high schools, where young adults — or students from another school — could otherwise blend into a campus, Kaye said.
In this day and age, you just have to know who is coming on to your campus,” Kaye said. “Just because they look like a student doesn’t mean they are a student.”
The strategy began in the Desert Sands district in 2009, when Shadow Hills High opened. The policy has been a success, envied and copied by other schools ever since, said Assistant Principal David Gustafson.
“One of the reasons I think we have had so much success with this program is because we opened with it,” Gustafson said. “It’s part of our culture. We haven’t had kids question it. We haven’t had kids fight it.”
Gustafson added that the lanyards make it easy to identify students who fall unconscious or suffer a seizure. On more than one occasion, quick identification has aided medics who rushed to the school in an emergency, he said.
Amistad High added the policy after the school’s staff voted overwhelmingly in favor of it.
Principal Bob Blinkinsop said he was initially concerned about how the school would enforce the new policy. Some desert schools will suspend students who forget or refuse to wear lanyards, but suspensions pull kids out of class, possibly doing more harm than good, he said.
Instead of facing suspensions, Amistad students who break the policy are required to wear a lime green shirt, Blinkinsop said. Just like the lanyards, the shirts make the students easy to identify.
The hideous shirts are a deterrent all on their own, Blinkinsop said.
“The kids hate them because they are basically fluorescent,” the principal said. “They stand out like a sore thumb.”
Coachella Valley Unified requires students to carry a photo ID, but not to wear them the IDs around their neck. Spokeswoman Mari Tarango said the district is working to make lanyards available to all students.