Enhanced Security Measures at Sutter Health: A Commitment to Staff Safety and Quality Care

California regulators are probing Sutter Health for failure to report assault on psychiatric worker

Sutter Health has recently invested nearly $40 million in enhancing security for the unit where Golomb was attacked. Measures include the installation of cameras, panic buttons, duress alarms, and secured doors. Additionally, a security officer is now stationed in the unit during daytime hours. This follows a petition signed by over 100 psychiatry residents, fellows, and nurses calling for a round-the-clock security presence in the inpatient psych unit and an intensive care unit. The petition cited concerns about safety threatening the ability to provide high-quality care.

Golomb and her colleagues have been advocating for increased safety measures at Sutter Health. Following the publication of Golomb’s story, Sutter Health’s president and CEO, Warner Thomas, sent an email to hospital employees titled, “Keeping you safe from harm at work.” This indicates a commitment from the organization to prioritize the safety and well-being of its staff. The importance of violent incident reports in successful workplace violence prevention plans cannot be overstated. These reports allow workers to stay informed about what is happening and to communicate with their employer about areas in need of improvement.

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