Our No. 1 priority: Keeping you safe

June 3, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership,

The safety of faculty, staff, learners, patients and visitors is the top priority at Michigan Medicine. And recent events nationwide have many asking how they can feel safe coming to work and carrying out the organization’s mission.

Most recently, the senseless violence at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa has caused widespread grief, anger and anxiety.  

“Many of us may feel anxious about safety and security in our own workplace,” said Brian Uridge, director of Michigan Medicine Security. “Our entire security team is prepared to address any and all safety concerns across the organization. We are committed to reducing both the risk and anxiety surrounding potentially dangerous events using our three-tiered approach — focused on building trust, creating scenario-based training and utilizing safety technology.”

Training sessions available now

As Uridge alluded to, Michigan Medicine Security — in partnership with the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) — offers a number of training opportunities for faculty, staff and learners.

First is the award-winning Active Attacker- Response and Prevention video that was filmed on campus, including at U-M Health facilities.

“Although data shows an upward trend in active shooter incidents in the past four years — and it’s top of mind based on recent tragedies across the country — such events are still responsible for less than 0.5 percent of all homicides in the U.S.,” Uridge said. “Thankfully, chances are you’ll never face an active attacker situation. However, if you do, your reaction will matter — and that’s why we spend so much time helping our team members learn the best and safest ways to respond.”

Other trainings include:

  • Situational Awareness for Violent Events (SAVE)
  • Early Intervention and Personal Safety Strategies
  • Run-Hide-Fight (also part of SAVE training)
  • See Something, Say Something
  • Empowerment Self-Defense
  • Sexual Harassment Awareness
  • Rapid Environmental Assessment and Control Training (REACT) for home health care workers.

There is also a new program, the Workplace Violence Prevention Program (WPVPP), which gives employees the tools needed to prevent and de-escalate incidents of workplace violence whenever they occur.

“Our security team is always available to come to your unit or area and provide these presentations,” Uridge said. “Our No. 1 priority is helping keep you and those around you as safe as possible in any situation.”

To request a presentation, click here.

Playing your part

All Michigan Medicine team members are asked to play a role in keeping campus safe for everyone.

“You can help prevent violence by contacting DPSS whenever somebody is exhibiting disruptive or dangerous behavior or making threatening statements,” Uridge said.

In short, if you see something, you should say something.

“No matter what the circumstances are, we will investigate,” Uridge said.

The security team also carries out rounds 24/7 on the main medical campus, has two full-time police officers assigned to Michigan Medicine and other security officers are stationed in high traffic areas at all times.

To contact DPSS, dial 9-1-1 in an emergency or call the security office for non-emergency situations at 6-7890.

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