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VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital introduces weapon detection screening

As part of a phased approach, additional safety and security updates are being implemented throughout VCU Health System.

Cream colored building with VCU Health sign and bushes on a sunny day. VCU Health System leaders and security staff also encourage patients, guests and team members to report any suspicious behavior or activity. (VCU Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital will install weapons detection screening devices at the entrances of the main hospital and emergency department, effective Nov. 1. This is part of a multi-step, phased approach to update safety measures throughout the entire VCU Health System.

All patients, team members, and guests entering these locations can expect to pass through the weapons screening upon arrival. The screening systems are designed to detect weapons such as firearms and knives and are similar to what is seen at public venues, like sporting events.

“These security measures are non-invasive and fast-moving, but they are an important step in ensuring patient, visitor and team member safety,” said Liz Martin, president of VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital. “We appreciate our community’s support, understanding and patience as we work together to ensure a safe and secure environment.”

Patients and Visitors: Weapons Detection Screening FAQ

Installation will begin in the days leading up to the Nov. 1 implementation date. Tappahannock Hospital security staff will be available on site to share information and answer questions. The new system is expected to cause minimal disruption, but the check-in process may take a few moments longer.

Objects with significant metal content, such as laptops, will need to be removed prior to walking through the weapons screening system. Smaller items, such as keys and cell phones, do not need to be taken out.

Weapons screening began at other VCU Health locations in August to address concerns about the rise in violence and aggression toward health care workers across the country, including at VCU Health. The screening technology has been effective in managing high volumes of people coming through health system buildings.

Other future safety updates scheduled to take place at Tappahannock Hospital and throughout the health system include:
  • Additional areas of badge-controlled access in appropriate areas
  • Upgrades to the emergency management notification system
  • Additional video surveillance locations

VCU Health System leaders and security staff also encourage patients, guests and team members to report any suspicious behavior or activity.

“As with any public safety effort, everyone has a role to play,” Martin said. “We always encourage our team and our community to speak up if they see suspicious behavior and to report that to security or the police immediately.”

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