MedStar Union Memorial adds canines to security force

BALTIMORE - MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is enhancing the culture of safety on it's campus by using something on four legs.

The hospital system is launching a security canine program, according to Debra Schindler, Regional Director of Media and Public Relations said.  Two patrol dogs and their officer-handlers will add an increase in crime prevention and detection in the hospital, Schindler said.

The program began in November 2013 with a $7,000 grant from Planet Dog Foundation.  

The hospital purchased two German Shepards who completed a six-week obedience course at Misty Ridge in New Windsor.  The classes focused on various command skills to prepare the handler and their dog for canine patrol.

“The safety of our associates, patients and visitors is a top priority,” said Neil MacDonald, vice president, Operations, MedStar Union Memorial. “We take necessary steps to ensure that our associates feel safe at all times. That sense of security enables them to focus 100 percent of their attention on the needs of our patients.”

Since the canines started, they have aided in crisis prevention, already dropping the rate of security incidents on campus, Schindler said.


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