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Sutter Health Takes Violent Incident Reports Seriously: Installs Security Measures and Hires Additional Staff

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

Sutter Health Takes Violent Incident Reports Seriously: Installs Security Measures and Hires Additional Staff

Sutter Health has recently invested nearly $40 million in enhancing security measures for its inpatient psych unit and intensive care unit, following concerns raised by a petition signed by over 100 psychiatry residents, fellows, and nurses. The petition called for a round-the-clock security presence in the units, citing safety concerns that were threatening the ability to provide high-quality care.

Comsti emphasized the importance of violent incident reports in the successful implementation of workplace violence prevention plans. These reports allow workers to stay informed about what is happening and to communicate with their employer about areas in need of improvement. Golomb and her colleagues have been advocating for increased safety measures at Sutter Health for some time now.

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. 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.

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