Paladin Security Supervisor wins Medal of Merit at the 47th Annual Conference & Exhibition for the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety
We are thrilled to announce that Paladin Security Supervisor Matthew Oakley was honoured with the Medal of Merit at the 47th Annual Conference & Exhibition for the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) last week in St. Louis, Missouri.
Boasting an attendance of decision-makers from North America’s largest healthcare organisations, this popular event provides direct access to healthcare leaders with the primary responsibility for security, safety, emergency management and parking infrastructure, and is filled with educational programs for those committed to shaping and advocating for the role of security and safety in healthcare. The Medal of Merit is presented to an individual who distinguishes him or herself in the performance of duty by an act of personal fortitude above and beyond the call of duty, and not taken at the risk of his or her own life.
Matt was nominated by Mark McCormick, CHPA, Manager, Security, Mount Sinai Hospital, who commended Matt and the entire team for their bravery in apprehending a suspect who had a concealed knife and gun on hospital grounds, writing; "As it was pointed out by Toronto Police and quickly became apparent to all Mount Sinai employees, S/S Oakley’s quick thinking and bold action helped contain a very volatile situation, and potentially prevented a police-involved shooting inside the facility. Not only was this an excellent example of great teamwork, brave action and excellent tactical reasoning, but the ensuing review of the matter and heightened awareness of staff safety has led to numerous improvements and new directions of critical thinking within our organisation. In the ensuing months, we have increased security presence within our ED, improved our screening process for “flagged” patients with violent histories, begun sourcing new portable panic alarms for our nurses, improved the electronic door security and lockdown functionality within the department, and created a new ED/Security working group to develop, implement and oversee additional new programs and improvements within the hospital."
From our coffee shop staff who witnessed the arrest to our President and CEO, everyone has been incredibly impressed with the events of the day and where we’ve taken the hospital since. I hope this nomination is sufficient to convey to you all even a small portion of the pride and esteem in which we hold Matt and the rest of our team here at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Toronto Police Services Chief William Blair also honoured the team with a TPS Community Member Award, recognising unselfish acts of bravery, courage, exceptional performance of duty and dedicated service to the community.
Paladin Security COO, Don MacAlister, CHPA, who presented his book, Hospital & Healthcare Security, 6th Edition, with co-author Tony York, COO, HSS Security, at the event, commented from St. Louis; "Matt and the team at Mount Sinai showed tremendous courage and resourcefulness to ensure this potentially very dangerous situation had the very best of outcomes. Our whole Paladin family is so proud of them and they are a credit to us, and to the staff, patients and families at Mount Sinai they so proudly serve."
Additionally, we are proud to announce that Area Security Lead Joe Hansen achieved the Certified Healthcare Protection Administrators (CHPA) designation in St. Louis. Paladin Security Senior Director of Healthcare, Andrew Pattison, CHPA, said of the result; "This professional designation is highly regarded in the healthcare security industry and is no easy feat to achieve. Qualifying as a candidate requires a high degree of professional experience and personal development, and from there candidates must review a large volume of study material and be proficient with guidelines from both the U.S. and Canada, as well as general protection and management concepts. We are extremely proud of Joe for reaching this milestone in his professional development. Congrats Joe!"
— Paladin Security (@PaladinSecurity) April 19, 2015
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