Woman’s Hospital beefing up security to combat violence against medical staff


BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – It’s something that pops up in the news cycle way to often. Medical staff being attacked by the patients they tend. Just in October, BRPD arrested this man, Jessie Guillory for attacking and killing a nurse at Baton Rouge General Hospital.

Karrie Delise is a nurse at woman’s. Though an incident like the one at baton rouge general hasn’t happened here, she says it’s still pretty common to see verbal fights between patients. So when reports of Guillory’s attack surfaced it struck a nerve.

“We get updates from security when things happen at other hospitals so we can talk about it here and prevent those things from happening,” Delise says.

“It just hits a little closer to home. You think wow that could be me,” Delise says.

But woman’s hospital is developing a back-up plan to keep their staff safe from violent outburst. It starts with beefed up security.

Right now, bill Icenogle the Director of Emergency Management and Security at Woman’s Hospital, says the hospital only has a few contracted guards that man a security station. So if something were to happen it’d take time for the guards to reach the incident. And that’s what Icenogle wants to avoid with their new team.

“They’re going to rovers. They’re going to be walking around, they’ll be mobile all the time. They’ll cover every floor of the hospital,” Icenogle says.

The hospital is taking money from the contract security budget and pouring it into these new rover guards. As of now the hospital has hired thirteen.

The security guards will start their first shift in March.

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