WRMC Maternity Implements New Security Precautions

(Batesville, Ark.)--Family-centered care is important at White River Medical Center, but even more important is the safety and security of its littlest patients: newborns. As a precaution to better protect infants, WRMC has implemented a new security protocol in the Maternity Unit. The unit is now locked at all times.

Family and friends visiting patients in the Maternity Unit must call the staff using the intercom located outside the doors at each entrance to the unit, and give the name of the person they are visiting. Once inside, approved visitors will receive a pass, granting them access to the unit.

Cameras have been placed at each entrance so unit staff can monitor closely those who enter and exit.

In some instances, patients wish to remain confidential and are not listed on the patient roster. If patients who wish to remain listed as confidential want visitors, they must provide those visitors with a special patient code.  Visitors of patients listed as confidential will not be allowed access to the unit without the code.

“We are doing our best to accommodate the friends and family of our mothers, but our first priority is ensuring our babies remain safe and healthy,” said Tammy Gavin, Chief Clinical Officer. “We appreciate the public’s cooperation and patience as we implement our new infant security precautions.”