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Community Hospital East takes steps to enhance safety on hospital campus

For release: 2/4/2010

Indianapolis, IN---Community Hospital East, in efforts to continuously improve safety on campus, has implemented a variety of programs and measures to help visitors, patients and employees feel secure.  The newest measure, a six-foot ornamental steel fence, will be built around the hospital campus beginning in early March.  The fence will not only improve safety, but also enhance the aesthetics of the campus.  A revitalization of the existing exterior campus landscaping is planned for spring to complement the project.

“We are always evaluating our safety initiatives so that our patients, visitors and employees can feel comfortable knowing they are in a secure environment,” said Robin Ledyard, M.D., president of Community Hospital East.  “There are a number of ongoing efforts underway to ensure the safety of the campus.”

The ornamental fence will allow for fewer entry/access points to the hospital and will have an estate-like appearance, blending the existing campus architecture and landscaping.  Beginning in early February, several existing trees will be removed to make room for the new fence, but all will be replaced with the planting of new trees, shrubs and plants.  The fence lines will define a “sense of place,” enhancing the effectiveness of security officer patrols.

Other security measures being taken at Community Hospital East and at other Community hospitals (Community Hospitals North and South) include:

  • Bicycle safety patrols, which encourage interaction with people in the area
  • Enhanced lighting in and around hospital parking lots and entry areas
  • 24/7 security dispatchers who monitor all hospital campuses
  • Vehicular safety patrols at each campus
  • Security presence in all Community hospital emergency departments
  • Call boxes with cameras (in garages and parking lots) that allow a person to call for assistance in emergencies
  • High definition security cameras on all hospital campuses
  • Safety and security training for hospital staff and caregivers
  • Vendor control program, which uses a computer-generated badge system to identify vendors doing business with the hospitals (program expected to be in place first quarter of 2010)

The landscaping phase of the project is expected to begin in April. The entire project is expected is to be completed by June.

About Community Hospital East
Ranked among the nation’s highest-performing health systems and most integrated health care networks, Community Health Network has more than 90 sites of care and nearly 500 integrated physicians throughout central Indiana. This includes Community Hospitals East, North and South in Indianapolis and Community Hospital Anderson; The Indiana Heart Hospital, part of Community Heart and Vascular; Indiana Surgery Centers; Community Physicians of Indiana; Community Home Health Services; MedCheck walk-in care centers and MedCheck Express convenience clinics; employer health services; nursing homes; and other health care facilities. Community Health Network is committed to getting you well and back to your life. For more information about Community Health Network or to find a physician, call 800-777-7775 or visit eCommunity.com.

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Lynda de Widt
Media Relations
Community Hospital East
317-621-3636
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