January 19, 2017
Okeechobee, FL – In an effort to provide a higher level of security to patients and staff, Raulerson Hospital has initiated a photo identification badging system for hospital visitors. Upon entering the hospital lobby, visitors will present their photo identification (usually a driver’s license) and take a quick photo. Then they will receive a visitor badge sticker to wear, featuring their name, date, destination and photo. Visitor badges are valid for the entire day. Visitors coming to the facility multiple times throughout a day do not need to stop at the lobby once they have their badge for the day. If a visitor returns to the hospital on a subsequent day, they do not need to pose for a new picture. They will simply need to have their photo identification scanned and then their previous visitor badge credentials will be pulled up for quick badge printing. Children under the age of 16 will receive a photo id badge associated with the adult accompanying them.
The Administration at Raulerson Hospital is proud to offer a safer, more secure setting for the community to receive quality healthcare. Brian Melear, CEO of Raulerson Hospital said, “I would like to thank the community for their patience as this new security feature is implemented. The safety of our patients and staff are paramount and we could not achieve this new level of security without the public’s cooperation.” While the ban on weapons of any kind from entering the facility has always been in effect, recently Raulerson Hospital has taken additional steps to protect patients and staff. Access to exterior doors has been limited, so that patients, staff and visitors all utilize the main lobby during business hours and the ER entrance after hours. Additional security cameras and outdoor lighting have been installed throughout the campus. Raulerson Hospital is also protected by armed security guards 24/7. This security detail is provided by a private company, as well as the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office.