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

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Chapter 2

Protecting a Healing Environment

Abstract

In this chapter, the healing environment is examined in a security context, presenting a host of different and unique settings where patient care is the primary mission. In the context of protecting healthcare facilities and the people who receive, deliver or support care, security is defined and distinguished from the law enforcement function. Security of the healthcare organization is presented as a business function reflecting an alignment with the mission, vision and strategic objectives of the organization they serve. The evolution of healthcare security is examined alongside key internal and external influencers with an overview of developing security systems, program objectives and body ...

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