New SIA group focuses on health care security
To help address challenges related to security issues in hospitals and other health care settings, the Security Industry Association (SIA) has launched the SIA Health Care Security Interest Group.
By Cindy Macdonald
The group includes representatives of end-user organizations and SIA member companies. According to its charter, the group “was created to provide resources that will enhance security in health care environments, particularly through the use of technology.” It is chaired by Jim Stankevich, global manager for health care security at Tyco Security Products, and co-chaired by Bonnie Michelman, director of police, security and outside services at Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners Health Care.
“We have a great group of people with a vast amount of knowledge and experience in health care security,” Stankevich said. “I think we can make a significant contribution to helping ensure the security of hospital patients, staff and visitors.”
Michelman also spoke highly of the group’s potential.
“I’ve worked with several of the members on many projects, and I’m looking forward to helping this group become a highly regarded source of information and analysis on the issues that my hospital and others face every day,” Michelman said.
Several organizations are active in the health care security sector, such as the International Association for Health care Security and Safety and ASIS International. The SIA group’s charter states that it is committed to partnering with them and supporting their work to promote common interests and minimize duplication of effort.