To enhance security at Lee Memorial Hospital, a Fast Pass identification system is being installed at the three public entrances to the facility.
Beginning in March, visitors will be issued a photo name badge to wear while in the hospital. Security also will have a more visible presence with security officers stationed in each entrance lobby.
Fast Pass is an identification system that rapidly prints an adhesive photo badge. Similar systems are often used in school systems and by cruise lines.
"We continually evaluate our security protocols to provide the safest environment possible for our patients and visitors," said Lisa Sgarlata, chief administrative officer for Lee Memorial Hospital. "This system will allow us to know who is coming into the hospital and the reason for their visit."
The badges are good for just one day.
LMHS is enhancing security system-wide. Lee Memorial Hospital is the first hospital to implement the Fast Pass system, followed by Gulf Coast Medical Center. Eventually, all of its hospitals will have enhanced security measures with the specific methods customized to the needs of each facility.
"The Fast Pass system is easy to use and produces the badge in seconds, but we expect there may be some temporary delays in entering the hospital when we first get used to the new process," said Sgarlata. "We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and appreciate everyone's cooperation and understanding."