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Cape Fear Valley tightens hospital security

Posted January 3, 2013

— Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has rolled out a new visitor policy to increase security.

As of Tuesday, the Fayetteville hospital closed off 27 of its 35 entrances to visitors and began requiring all visitors, including vendors and contractors, to register at security desks. At the desks, a photo ID is either scanned, or visitors have their picture taken to create an identification badge.

Each badge is good for 12 or 24 hours, and the badges include a degradable sticker that gradually exposes a stop sign symbol to show when it has expired.

"It is where hospitals are going. It is where schools are going," said Richard Sanders, director of security and police services at Cape Fear Valley. "It's just the next evolution of what we're doing to ensure the safety and security of our patients and their families."

The children's and family care units will also have an additional layer of security, he said.

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  • kermit60 Jan 4, 12:18 p.m.

    Another cost to be added to your already outrageous bill.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Jan 4, 9:42 a.m.

    atheistsdontrule... relax, take a deep breath. Nobody is suggesting armed guards on every corner or isle. But, hospitals can be a very dangerous place, especially in the emergency room areas. Some of the most horrendous crimes have been commited in emergency rooms. When gunshot victims and their families and or the suspect and their families are all at the hospital, things can happen, emotions run high and suddenly you have a riot on your hands. And that's just one example..not to mention gang members hanging around there after bringing one of their guys/girls in who has overdosed or worse. Not exactly the kind of stuff you see at FoodLion.

  • CestLaVie Jan 4, 9:37 a.m.

    50 years ago, visitors did not have any old free access to come into hospitals whenever they pleased or stay as long as they pleased. One had to sign in, there were strict visiting hours, NO children below a certain age were allowed in a hospital at all. Like everything else in this loose country, all caution & standards went with the wind. NOW, the pendulum is swinging back towards caution & security.

  • atheistswillrule Jan 4, 9:09 a.m.

    I also think security @ CFV should be stronger in the wards, as well daisy

    Oh yeah! And we need armed guards at foodlion ( on every isle, just in case) At every fast food joint, at every liquor store, florist shop, funeral home. You should have to go through "mall security checkpoints" before going to Crabtree or Southpoint. Gas stations need armed guards ( all that combustable fuel!) and of course beauty parlors ( have you ever had a bleach scalp burn or see how sharp those scissors are?) Safety first America!!!!!

  • JohnnyVoodoo Jan 4, 8:47 a.m.

    I have no problem with this at all. In fact, it's probably something that should have been in place five years ago. It's simply the world we live in now. Like it or not, everyone is literally forced to be more vigilante of things/people/activities going on around you now...if not for yourself, then for your family. Hats off to the hospital for taking the initiative to improve security there. I'm assuming most other hospitals at some point in the very near future will follow their lead.

  • daisy Jan 3, 4:26 p.m.

    I love this idea!

    I also think security @ CFV should be stronger in the wards, as well. After the birth of my daughter 2 years ago, I had a guy wander into my room looking for a different mother. I think it was an honest mistake but he then wanted to stay in my room and chat. My husband was down at the NICU with the baby and I was still loopy from the drugs given to me so it was alittle unsettling. He left after a few minutes but had I been passed out I could have been vulnerable to who knows what.