Security Industry Association Launches Health Care Security Interest Group

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Interest group to provide resources that will enhance security in health care environments

Bonnie Michelman

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.

The Security Industry Association (SIA) is proud to announce that it has launched the SIA Health Care Security Interest Group to help address challenges related to security issues in hospitals and other health care settings.

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.

Other group members include:

  • Steven Bourg, Memorial Hermann Health System (Houston, Texas)
  • Marilyn Collins, ASSA ABLOY
  • Jim Crumbley, Risk Response Team
  • Lauris Freidenfelds, Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Mark Hardtke, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center (Chicago, Ill.)
  • James Kendig, The Joint Commission
  • Scott Lord, All Systems
  • Kyle Parker, Arecont Vision
  • Anne Rogers, PMTech-Pro
  • Ben Scaglione, G4S
  • Sheila Stromberg, HID Global
  • Bryan Warren, Carolinas Health Care System (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Stephen White, Doylestown Hospital (Doylestown, Penn.)

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 “in order to promote common interests and minimize duplication of effort.”

More information about participating in the group is available by contacting Ron Hawkins, SIA director of industry relations, at rhawkins@securityindustry.org.

About the Security Industry Association

The Security Industry Association (SIA) (http://www.securityindustry.org) is the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers, with more than 600 innovative member companies representing more than 350,000 security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members' interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities; and collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, and owner of the Securing New Ground® conference, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities.

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