Jonathan Ridpath

Regional Director of Operations — Security, HSS


Jonathan Ridpath is Regional Director of Operations—Security for HSS, Denver, one of the nation’s leading specialized services outsourcing firms. HSS Healthcare Security develops programs that help hospitals and healthcare providers prevent and mitigate aggression and violence in their facilities and ensure the security and safety of their staff, patients, and visitors.

Working from the Northern California office of HSS, Ridpath manages approximately 500 employees in over 40 customer facilities in the HSS Western Region, which includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Idaho. He also conducts annual security risk assessments for all customers and ensures compliance with The Joint Commission, OSHA, and other regulatory agencies.

Ridpath joined HSS in 2000 as Director of Operations for the California North Bay area. Two years later he was promoted to Director of Operations for Northern California and, in 2005, was appointed HSS Regional Director of Operations for the Western Region. Immediately prior to HSS, Ridpath was Director of Security and Safety for St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco.

Ridpath, a Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA), has more than 30 years of healthcare security and safety management experience. Over those years he has been responsible for all phases of operation for Security Services, Parking Services, Environmental Health and Safety, Fleet Management, and Paratransit. His responsibilities included developing and maintaining operating budgets; scheduling, recruiting, and hiring personnel; evaluating personnel performance; planning and implementing new programs; and developing and implementing policies and procedures.

As Safety Officer for several large medical centers during his career, Ridpath was charged with ensuring compliance with all federal, state, Joint Commission, and local regulations pertaining to the Environment of Care. To meet these requirements, he oversaw the education of employees, physicians, contractors, students, and volunteers in the areas of Security, Life Safety, Hazardous Materials and Waste, and Emergency Preparedness.

Ridpath also has extensive experience in the design and maintenance of access card and CCTV systems for healthcare environments and in the assessment of facilities to identify and prioritize security and safety risks. He has coordinated with Public Relations Departments of various medical centers to provide extra security for VIP patients, including heads of state and other celebrities.

Ridpath was born in Ohio and raised in Massachusetts. In their free time, he and wife, Judy, like to garden, walk their dog Lucy, and attend baseball games.


  • ASIS International, member
  • International Association for Healthcare
    Security & Safety (IAHSS), member


IAHSS Basic Training Manual and Study Guide,
contributing author.


Jonathan Ridpath, CHPA
Regional Director of Operations – Security
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