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Hospital and Healthcare Security, 6th Edition by Tony W York, Don MacAlister

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Chapter 1

The Healthcare Environment

Abstract

This chapter emphasizes the macro environment challenges and accreditation and regulatory agency expectations of healthcare security, and provides an overview of the higher purpose of healthcare that influences the security practitioner. Hospitals are no longer an isolated group of free-standing buildings. They are critical infrastructures, forming complex medical centers, serving diverse patient populations, and having visitors who travel great distances to seek care and receive specialized medical treatment. It is not uncommon for medical centers and hospitals alike to find themselves as parts of a large healthcare system, or delivering care in the community in a model reflecting the full continuum ...

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