Inside the news: Visitors at a New York hospital cannot pass "go" without a pass

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, March 3, 2009

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, NY, is increasing patient and staff safety with a pass.

Visitors entering St. Joseph—an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® redesignation recipient in 2007—are now directed by a security officer to receive a pass at the front desk. The software, People Track™ Visitor Management, allows front desk administrators to scan the visitor’s drivers license, which is automatically entered into a database. The system then prints a pass for the visitor to wear that features his or her photo and the title “visitor.”

People Track™ also gives St. Joseph the ability to identify each visitor’s reason for coming to the hospital and the person they are visiting, and lets staff nurses and physicians quickly identify someone as a visitor.


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