In an effort to enhance hospital security, Cookeville Regional Medical Center will begin locking the main hospital entrance as of Tuesday, December 7, every evening from 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Anyone needing to enter the facility between those hours may do so through the Emergency Room entrance. Officials say it is common practice in hospitals to lock entrances and limit access to only one entrance during the night-time hours-and it is one that Cookeville Regional has considered for some time now.
“We are taking this step to provide a safer hospital for our patients as well as a safer work environment for our employees,” said Bernie Mattingly, CEO of Cookeville Regional. “We realize that the closed entrance at night may be an inconvenience for family members, especially at first until everyone becomes familiar with the change. However, we feel certain that everyone will appreciate the added safety and security for our patients, family members and staff.”
Visitors entering the hospital after 9:00 p.m. and before 5:00 a.m. will be asked to sign at the Emergency Room information desk.
“Security and life safety issues are among the most important considerations we have in operating a hospital,” added Mattingly. “And we are continually evaluating ways we can improve our operations to be the safest anywhere.”