New safety and security measures for all visitors to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center will be implemented in mid August.
Beginning Tuesday, August 13, visitors may enter the hospital through the main lobby, the emergency department and The Heart Center. All other doors will be secured and operable in an emergency or with a restricted access badge.
Hospital entrance hours remain the same: 5:30 am – 9:30 pm for the main lobby and The Heart Center; 24 hours a day in the emergency department.
In addition, Grand Strand Regional will implement a visitor management program, requiring all individuals age 16 and over to show government issued identification upon entering the hospital.
A security staff member at each entrance will scan an individual's identification, photograph the person and print a photo badge with the visitor's intended visit location. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult and will receive a copy of the adult's badge. Children will not be photographed.
Individuals seeking treatment in the emergency department will be exempt from the identification process.
“We continuously review our safety and security measures with a goal to provide a safe environment for our patients, staff members and visitors,” said Doug White, CEO. “The visitor management system is similar to what is used in many buildings, hospitals and schools around the country. We want to be sure that everyone who enters the hospital has a specific reason for being here.”
The hospital has used an identification system for vendors for two years. Vendors enter their identification at a computer, provide information regarding their visit and receive a photo badge to wear while in the hospital.
“It is very important that everyone is aware that a photo ID will be required at the hospital entrances,” said White. “We do not want people to be inconvenienced, but we are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for patients, staff members and visitors.”