HSS Growing in San Antonio

The Methodist Healthcare System serves San Antonio and 26 surrounding counties with top quality staff and services in 23 facilities. In March 2010, HSS Healthcare Security became the security services provider for Methodist Hospital, San Antonio’s largest private hospital. Included with Methodist Hospital were the Methodist Children’s Hospital, Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, Methodist Ambulatory Surgery Center, Methodist Boerne Emergency Center, Methodist Ministries, and Methodist Texsan Hospital. Methodist Healthcare has now awarded HSS the security contracts for three more of its hospitals, effective October 2: Methodist Stone Oak Hospital, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, and Northeast Methodist Hospital. Here’s a little about HSS’s three newest healthcare security customers:

Methodist Stone Oak Hospital, which opened in March 2009, is the first full-service hospital built in South Texas in the 21st century. It offers emergency care, obstetrics, newborn intensive care, cardiology, neurosurgery, general surgery and orthopedics.

Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital, is a 326-bed hospital providing a complete range of healthcare services. In 2005, the hospital opened the Metropolitan Methodist Hospital Women’s Pavilion, the only facility in downtown San Antonio completely dedicated to the health of women and their newborn babies. Metropolitan Methodist Hospital offers cardiac care, general and surgical care, neurosurgery, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, and sleep disorder evaluation. It operates the largest emergency department in downtown San Antonio.

Northeast Methodist Hospital, also a campus of Methodist Hospital, is located in Live Oak, Texas.  It has been significantly renovated to completely upgrade and expand the facility and services to the surrounding communities.

“We are pleased to welcome these three leading hospitals as HSS Healthcare Security customers,” says Alan Butler, HSS Director of Operations & Consulting. “HSS has partnered with Methodist leadership to bring a systemwide approach to all their healthcare security initiatives and we intend to serve these facilities with the same high quality security service we’ve been providing the Methodist Healthcare System for over a year.”

HSS In the News

  • HSS COO Tony York has literally "written the book" on healthcare security, along with former HSS executive Russell Colling. Widely considered the definitive book for hospital security, Hospital and Healthcare Security (Elsevier) is the essential reference for healthcare security professionals to use in creating safe healing environments. An ASIS International review described it as "the best single resource for the healthcare security practitioner." The book's 6th edition—now coauthored by York and Don MacAlister, VP of Paladin Security Group, Vancouver, Canada—debuts this fall. York met MacAlister while serving on the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety’s (IAHSS) board of directors. Read more…
  • The October 2014 Briefings on Hospital Safety newsletter featured an interview with HSS’s Director of Learning and Development Jeff Puttkammer, who administers the company’s tactical programs. In “The Debate Over Weapons in the ER,” the publication asked Puttkammer and other healthcare security experts to address questions of whether ER staff should be armed in the face of rising hospital shootings. Read more…
  • Congratulations to HSS Security Officer James Detton at Salt Lake City International Airport for successfully passing a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) test, which demonstrates how the vigilance of just one HSS officer can help ensure the safety of all airport visitors and staff. Detton received a letter and certificate from the TSA, as well as the Always Challenge Everyone (ACE) award from the airport. Read the letter here.