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Hospital ramps up security; Bomb threat aggravates already frayed nerves at Sudbury Regional

(The Sudbury Star) Sudbury Regional Hospital is under increased security today after officials received a written bomb threat.

Hospital officials held a news conference Monday morning to announce security will be beefed up until Friday because of a bomb threat deemed to be low-risk.

Hospital senior vice-president Joe Pilon said it will be business as usual despite heightened security, and it will be up to people wanting to visit patients or booked for medical procedures to decide if they want to proceed.

The alert was issued after consultation with the Greater Sudbury Police Service, said Pilon.

Police spokesman Const. Bert Lapalme said police are not commenting on the bomb threat other than to say it is under investigation.

Hospital patients, employees, physicians and volunteers were notified Monday about the bomb threat, and were told measures were in place to keep them safe.

As of today, anyone entering any of the hospital’s four sites will be greeted by security guards who will deliver a written script informing them a bomb threat has been received and heightened security measures are in effect.

“As a hospital charged with the care of patients in this community, we have a responsibility to respond seriously to any threat we receive,” Pilon told reporters at a hastily called news conference.

It is not the first time the hospital has received a bomb threat, said Pilon. Such threats have been phoned in, a Code Black has been called and the hospital was locked down until it was determined there was no danger.

Pilon said more than one Code Black has been called in the last 25 years at the hospital, but he wouldn’t say why this threat was being treated differently.

He would only say the hospital will be “implementing a measured response to the security threat by increasing surveillance” now until Nov. 30.

No surgeries, diagnostic tests or medical procedures are being cancelled, said Pilon, but patients are being offered the option of rescheduling appointments.

Access to hospital buildings will be controlled and there will be regular inspections of hospital areas, said Pilon.

Hospital officials have also reviewed their emergency plan with police.

Pilon said hospital personnel and patients are “on edge” since a June 6 fire at the St. Joseph’s site and the abduction of an infant Nov. 1.

“We’re trying to keep people calm” and not disrupt hospital business, he said.

Pilon admitted it was an unusual to notify the public about a bomb threat and then recommend they make their own decisions about whether to go ahead with scheduled appointments and procedures, or visits.

The hospital’s only recommendation is that “people decide for themselves.” It is continuing to offer services.

Pilon said hospital officials determined word would get out about the written bomb threat, so they decided to notify the community.

The threat is “deemed fairly low-risk, but there is always a possibility,” said Pilon.

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On alert

Sudbury Regional Hospital has increased surveillance until Nov. 30 at all hospital sites as a result of a security threat. Security measures include:

Increasing security and establishing controlled access at the four hospital sites;

Reducing the number of entrances;

Introducing a screening process for visitors entering the hospital;

Enforcing its visitation policy;

Reviewing the hospital’s emergency plan with police services.


November 28, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, Homeland security, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

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