May 20, 2024 12:03 am
California Regulators Probe Sutter Health for Undisclosed Assault on Psychiatry Staff Member

According to Comsti, workplace violence prevention plans rely heavily on the reporting of violent incidents. These reports allow workers to stay informed and collaborate with their employer to address areas that need improvement.

Recently, advocates such as Golomb and her colleagues presented a petition to Sutter Health management signed by over 100 psychiatry residents, fellows, and nurses. The petition demanded increased safety measures at Sutter Health facilities, including 24/7 security presence in the inpatient psych unit and intensive care unit.

In response to the petition and Golomb’s story published on March 8 by KQED, Sutter Health invested nearly $40 million in security enhancements for the unit where Golomb was attacked. Measures include the purchase of cameras, panic buttons, duress alarms, secure doors, and a security officer who patrols the area during the day to enhance safety measures.

Sutter Health’s president and CEO, Warner Thomas, addressed hospital employees in an email titled “Keeping you safe from harm at work.” The communication emphasized the organization’s commitment to prioritizing employee safety and ensuring a secure work environment.

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