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Membership expansion is goal for new IAHSS executive director Colleen Kucera


GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Ill.—Colleen Kucera, the newly appointed executive director of the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety, believes there’s “plenty of room for growth” in the organization as long as that growth is managed and structured.

Crime, weapons in hospitals are top priority for new IHSSF president

Steve Nibbelink, incoming IHSSF president, promises to increase focus on hospital violence takes over foundation in January

GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Ill.—There were 154 shootings at U.S.

IAHSS weighs in on Johns Hopkins hospital shootings study

Importance of security training missing from findings, president says

YARMOUTH, Maine—The recent Johns Hopkins report on hospital shootings in the United States provides valuable information to bolster security programs, but it did a disservice by not discussing the importance of security training, says Bryan Warren, president of the Intern

How to integrate security into healthcare construction


YARMOUTH, Maine—Getting the security department to the table at the beginning of any construction or renovation project can be, depending on the business, a constant struggle for security managers. But having a well-documented set of best practices for how to integrate security into nascent design and architectural discussions is a powerful tool, which can demonstrate how including security early can reduce future risks and save money in the long run.

Hospital employee shoots two supervisors


An employee at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Conn., shot two of his supervisors on Wednesday after a "disciplinary action," according to the hospital.

Crowded hospitals, criminal patients a 'recipe for disaster'


YARMOUTH, Maine—In November 2010, a prisoner in Santa Cruz, Calif., who’d been brought into a local hospital for an MRI scan, overpowered his female corrections officer, Tasered her with her own Taser, stole her gun, and escaped. The fugitive was later recaptured, but the incident was widely reported in the press and shined a spotlight on a major issue for hospital security directors: how to properly handle criminal patients and potential escape attempts.